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,

random

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

obtained

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.

Comments

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Jocelyn

There's this game put out by the American Girl company called "300 Wishes"--I really like playing it because then I get to marvel, "Wow, it's like I'm a real live American girl who has 300 wishes, and that doesn't suck, especially compared to being a dead one with none."

23 Responses

  1. pistols at dawn says:

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

  2. Jazz says:

    Long live the knees!

  3. lime says:

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

  4. Her Grace says:

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

    But that flosser scares me.

  5. Chantal says:

    well lived indeed!

  6. flutter says:

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

  7. geewits says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

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

  10. Dragonfly Dreaming says:

    “obtained

    during a fit of wild and rammy

    bedtime dancing

    to the national anthem of The Philippines. “

    Bwahahahaha.

  11. Minnesota Matron says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    YAY for not lounging!!!!

  14. Say It says:

    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 says:

    knees i trust.

    i love it.

  16. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    Awwww. In rammy dancing we trust.

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

  17. Claire says:

    Excellent! Every kid should be so lucky.

  18. choochoo says:

    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 says:

    I am so with you.

  20. stepping over the junk says:

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

  21. Mother of Invention says:

    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!!

  22. Glamourpuss says:

    Good knees indeed.

    Puss

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