|All photos were stolen from GOOGLE Images...just sayin|
When I was a kid, there was this wonderful old gnarley pepper tree at the edge of Mr. Cooper's property. It sat near the dirt road where we lived and, with a 360 view, headed toward the paved road that t-boned our little street. It was my favorite place to hide when I was an angst-ridden teenager. Our dog could climb up with me and we would hide behind the branches and leaves, watch the world go by, and write angst-ridden poetry. Unfortunately the road was eventually paved, orange groves and Mr. Cooper's farm torn down, apartments, houses, and condos built. The tree is gone. Sad 'cause it was the best.
Kids need hidey holes to get away from adults for a while, to meet with friends and talk about their lives. Goofy lives. Serious lives. Like the tree house in the movie Stand By Me. So cool to have a place to go with your friends and be the self you want to be in the moment. Try out new yous. You know...be a kid. When I was in high school, my friend Cindy and I would take a drive out to the vineyards in my little yellow '56 VW bug. Never any traffic, so we would turn the little side windows in toward us and drive throughout the area--up the hills and down the hills--pretending to be a race car. And talk. And laugh. And not talk. You know, like teenagers can.
Some kids are not so good at hiding.... Some have created great spaces to be alone....
Today I was driving past a large field that is fenced and a screen over the fence. Because the wind was blowing, I could see the large property through the broken and torn screens. And I was thinking what a great place it was to sneak into and find a space for to be alone and talk. Or not talk. But a special place for kids to be away from adults. A safe place for them to just be kids. Hidey holes. A place to go when the real world is too much or, maybe, not enough.
|A great hiding hole|
|A perfect place to play away from adults|
So, yeah, come on over to my hidey hole here in Upland and we can get away from adults for a while and try on new selves.