When I was a kid growing up in Bridge City, Texas, my buddies and I would hang out in a section of woods that borders a marsh. We would build trails through the woods, tree houses, go camping, just do what kids did.
As my buddies and I got older, we stopped hanging out in the woods and started socializing more. After we stopped maintaining the trails, they were slowly reclaimed by nature. Within just a few years the trails were almost impassible.
Two decades later, Hurricane Rita pushed through the area and uprooted a lot of the old oak trees.
While visiting with my mom and dad for Thanksgiving, I took a camera and headed off into the old trails.
The video was posted on Youtube on Nov 24, 2007. I thought it would be nice to take a trip down memory lane and post it again, a decade after it was posted originally.
While walking through the woods in the video, it was sad to see no campsites for the kids that grew up in the neighborhood after my buddies and I.
It was sad to see no trails. That meant no neighborhood kids had taken our place. Maybe it was a sign of the times? Rather than playing in the woods, kids would rather sit at home and play video games.
Every Christmas it seems fewer and few kids are riding their new bikes on the streets. Almost nobody is outside playing with their new ball and bat. No new basketball goals, no go-karts… almost nothing having to do with outdoor sports.
I have mentioned the lack of kids outside playing to my dad several times. He feels along the same lines that I do. The kids of today spend too much time inside.
I may go back out to the patch of woods in the video and take another look around. It would be interesting to see how things change in a decade.