Growing up there were a lot of adventures that neither my parents, nor my friend’s parents knew about. And then there are the adventures they did find out about. Like the time my sister, a friend and myself took it upon ourselves to skip the bus to church and walk the old railroad tracks to get there instead.
It’s about three miles to town from where we lived and to where the church was, and still is located. If memory serves me right we never even made it in the front door of the church, my mom was there to pick us up. She bitched the entire trip home, how we should have known better. See, all the neighbors were quick to inform my grandparents about our activities. I clearly remember about ten cars lined up and down the edge of my grandparent’s property, neighbors there to tattle. I was ten or eleven at the time, my sister and friend slightly younger.
A few things our parents didn’t know are:
1) When we told our parents we were camping out in the yard, what we really meant was we wanted to run the neighborhood during the night. Usually we had cigarettes, sometimes alcohol, but we always had mischief on our mind.
2) The four wheeler trails up the hill were a popular smoking spot for every kid in the suburb.
3) Cartons of cigarettes made it easier to sneak smokes. Like a pack at a time. In my day we started pretty damn early, not cool at all.
4) Truth or Dare was very popular and it was usually rated M.
5) There was a bitter group fight once that almost ended up in a rival’s tree-house being burnt to the ground. A fire was started, but it was quickly put out.
6) There was another rival group fight that left a tree-house dismantled and the parts and pieces carried off.
7) The time we found heavy duty fireworks in the garage. We also found a few mailboxes, those just didn’t come from the garage. We found those along the roadside.
8) A few times when my grandparents weren’t home, we used their state of the art satellite system to surf the hundreds of channels of adult content.
9) We regularly used words and told jokes, and had discussions that would make any sailor blush.
10) There was a party that drew the attention of law enforcement. The cops were cool and didn’t let our parents know, but the boys were escorted to their homes, courtesy of the city police department.
11) There were a few occasions we prank called my mother’s friend’s homes so much they eventually took their phone off the hook. A good majority of these were recorded for future entertainment.
Well, there you go. That’s just a short list of all the evil crap we did as kids. And I only listed activities with group participation. I could go on and on about all the mischief I’ve done all by my lonesome in my earlier years. Maybe I’ll write about that some other time. There is a lot of material to sort through in that subject. Hope you enjoyed my memories and I hope it helped you recall some of your own.