Sunday, June 14, 2009
Old-fashioned, multigenerational picnics are becoming less common these days. Grandma was a great one for organizing picnics in her large backyard, at the farm, in a park, or on a trip. I remember the special food she made;- tomato aspic, lemon cake, orange soda, hot dogs or sandwiches, cut up celery and carrots and butter tarts. (We never had soda any other time except for gingerale when we were sick.)
We used to attend annual Sunday School picnics and played all the traditional games;- the sack race, three-legged race, egg and balloon toss, and baseball. The ladies brought their best salads and desserts and there was always ice cream for the children. I haven't been to a church picnic for at least a decade and now children tend to have their own special events minus the adults.
We enjoyed a picnic this weekend on a beautiful June afternoon at a small town park. Children still love them and want to do the same things children of all generations have enjoyed. Food remains the central attraction and competitive games are geared for many age groups. The scavenger hunt was very popular and all participants got a prize. And baseball is still best as a pick up game.
These two cute girls were acting so grown up, sitting in their little lawn chairs and visiting with each other. The little puppy, Bear, did not get the hot dog.
Do you enjoy summer picnics, with your family or community? Or am I right in thinking they are becoming a thing of the past?
My niece, Jaspenelle wrote this response to my post.