Thursday, September 04, 2008

"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.

23 comments:

pistols at dawn said...

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

Jazz said...

Long live the knees!

lime said...

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

Her Grace said...

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

But that flosser scares me.

Chantal said...

well lived indeed!

flutter said...

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

geewits said...

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.

citizen of the world said...

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.

rak said...

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

Dragonfly Dreaming said...

"obtained

during a fit of wild and rammy

bedtime dancing

to the national anthem of The Philippines. "

Bwahahahaha.

Minnesota Matron said...

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?

Diesel said...

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.

chelle said...

YAY for not lounging!!!!

Say It said...

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??

jen said...

knees i trust.

i love it.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Awwww. In rammy dancing we trust.

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

Claire said...

Excellent! Every kid should be so lucky.

choochoo said...

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.

That Chick Over There said...

I am so with you.

stepping over the junk said...

"they have not lounged on the couch". heh heh

Jamie said...

Amen.

Mother of Invention said...

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!!

Glamourpuss said...

Good knees indeed.

Puss