Things have changed a lot since I was a kid. I grew up with our parents telling us to go outside in the morning, come home for lunch, go back out and just be sure we were home for dinner. If it was summer, we went back out until they called us in for bed time.
We climbed trees to see how high we could get. We played Mumbley Peg with our pocket knives, even at recess at school. We chewed melting tar off the roads in the heat of summer. We drank water directly from a hose that was outside all the time. We went barefoot everywhere. In the winter we rode our sleds down the hills and stopped by running into the Oak tree at the bottom. And we threw snowballs that were more often ice balls at each other.
And, I ran across a mention of something else we did back then. We ate ‘Lik m aid’ by pouring the sweetened, flavored powder into our palms and then licking it off. Did we wash our hands beforehand? Of course not.
Risky? Maybe. Stupid? Often. But a heck of a lot of fun.