Sometimes taking a detour makes a difference...

6:29:00 PM

I was born in the late '70s. I grew up in a somewhat poor but nice and friendly neibourhood. Our mothers and grandmothers use to clean the street outside their houses with brooms. We kids use to play every single day in the street. We were loud and had tones of fun! Whenever a car passed through our street we use to throw the ball over it and scream and laugh and oh those were the days!!!

Those winter sundays by Stephmel

Yesterday the route I usually follow to get home from work was closed by a truck and I had to make a small detour. What I saw almost caught my breath! There were almost twenty kids in the street next to mine playing and having the same fun I used to have as a kid. Their mothers were chatting on the balcony and the smell of fresh baked food filled the street. A grandmother was feeding an egg to a small one and there were bikes and balls all over the road. The scenery amazed me. I am sure you think I am exaggerating and that there are a lot of neighbourhoods like that still left in Athens. Of course there are! But I had forgotten about them!

Katy by romanticwonders
You see, I use to think that kids today are so unlucky! They don't have time to play on the street since they have too many things they have to learn, their parents are afraid of too many cars and too many strangers on the street, not to mention kids willingly staying home with a laptop and facebook (!!!).

Well it took a small detour for me to realise that some things are still the same, some good things have not changed that much, some kids are still lucky enough to experience a friendly neighbourhood!

I 've learned that you have to change your way of doing things in order to see new or remember old forgotten images.

This is for all kids today. Hope we haven't spoiled it too much for you!


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  1. What a nice post! Made me feel good about the world, and I needed that! Thanks dear Maro :)

  2. Wonderful post Maro! I can see exactly your point! Moving in a small island made me see these images every single day. And I am so happy they still exist!

  3. I grew up in the city center and there we were not that carefree even in the 70's but the summertimes in the village were magical! Your article reminded me of that treasured time of innocence, thank you!

  4. lovely post my dear...thank you for reminding me my childhood...

  5. WONDERFUL post, Maro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful moment of bliss and your beautiful thoughts! They made me happy!
    I love this sentence: "I 've learned that you have to change your way of doing things in order to see new or remember old forgotten images"... it's SO true!!!! Thank you for reminding me! :)

  6. awesome finds.. i love the first image more !!!

  7. Fantastic post!! Took me back to my childhood years where it was fun and carefree! Thanks Maro!!

  8. Thank you girls! I guess we all need some reminders of our carefree years, especially now!!!



  9. Thank you so much for this beautiful and sweet post Maroulaki, it warmed up my heart. I could almost smell the scents you described and hear the children's laughter. It seems to me that those kind of days belong only to the past, but I'm so happy to hear that you were able to discover one of our childhood memories just around the corner

  10. A very lovely tribute to the years of innocence... I always feel this nostalgy and I am happy to know that I am not alone in this... Thank you Maro for the smiles and for the honour to select my Venice photo for this beautiful post. Katy is adorable too :)


  11. OMG what a lovely post, and what treasure of memories it brought to me from my childhood!I was born a decade earlier than you, and we passed our time always outside on the streets playing games! We didn't have plasma-TV or video-games then,not even a colour-TV, but we had such a great time!!! It's the little things and the little moments that make the difference!!!

  12. What a lovely post Maro! I have also these sweet memories from my childhood...


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