A Childhood Well Lived

At the end of a summer vacation, these are knees I trust.

They show evidence of

tumbles from the monkey bars

trips down the new brick path

scrounging in the garden for ripe plum tomatoes

falls off the scooter

bang-ups on the soccer field

and one,


poke with the evil end of a kids’ tooth flosser,


during a fit of wild and rammy

bedtime dancing

to the national anthem of The Philippines.

I appreciate these knees. They have not lounged on the couch.





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23 responses to “A Childhood Well Lived”

  1. pistols at dawn Avatar
    pistols at dawn

    I will never accept the independence of the Philippines, or dancing to musical-based claims of same.

  2. Jazz Avatar

    Long live the knees!

  3. lime Avatar

    so the antidote to the adolescent sloth i witness is “good oral hygeine: the patriotic musical?”

  4. Her Grace Avatar
    Her Grace

    Me too. I think bruises on knees are a sign of a busy kid.

    But that flosser scares me.

  5. Chantal Avatar

    well lived indeed!

  6. flutter Avatar

    I love that scar on the right one. Those are happy knees

  7. geewits Avatar

    I totally get this. My husband gets a kick out of how I can point at every scar around my knees and say, “This was my bicycle wreck, this was the mini-bike crash, this was when Billy pushed me down the cliff, this was when Franky tried to throw me in the pool” etc. You know you were really out there living as a child when your knees tell the story.

  8. citizen of the world Avatar
    citizen of the world

    I love the battered legs of an active kid. My own sn could have posed for this picture. Now that I look at them, mine are a little less than pristine as well.

  9. rak Avatar

    HOORAY for kids playing outside!!!! HOORAY for parents who care!!!!

  10. Dragonfly Dreaming Avatar
    Dragonfly Dreaming


    during a fit of wild and rammy

    bedtime dancing

    to the national anthem of The Philippines. “


  11. Minnesota Matron Avatar
    Minnesota Matron

    Lovely! Alas, one of the three sets of knees here sits tucked under a keyboard way too much of the time! Happy new school year! Hope the renters are in ALL your classes?

  12. Diesel Avatar

    Ironically, Filipinos are known for their irrational aversion to flossing.

    My kids spent all day jumping on the trampoline while being showered by a sprinkler.

  13. chelle Avatar

    YAY for not lounging!!!!

  14. Say It Avatar
    Say It

    Cute knees.

    As a kid I was more accident prone than busy. But hey, if my parents thought I was out playing instead of watching Scooby-doo, due to my knees, well, hey, who am I to complain??

  15. jen Avatar

    knees i trust.

    i love it.

  16. heartinsanfrancisco Avatar

    Awwww. In rammy dancing we trust.

    They play the national anthem of The Philippines in MN? Who knew?

  17. Claire Avatar

    Excellent! Every kid should be so lucky.

  18. choochoo Avatar

    I’ve done all sorts of painfull things to my knees, and yet they aren’t scarred. My knees are INDESTRUCTABLE! I have superhero knees.

  19. That Chick Over There Avatar
    That Chick Over There

    I am so with you.

  20. stepping over the junk Avatar
    stepping over the junk

    “they have not lounged on the couch”. heh heh

  21. Jamie Avatar


  22. Mother of Invention Avatar
    Mother of Invention

    As a child of the 50’s, my knees still proudly evidence the constant activity we had as kids…as opposed to many kids I know today! Here’s to Battle Wounds from Bygone Bicycle Bang-ups!!

  23. Glamourpuss Avatar

    Good knees indeed.


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