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Two little girls are skipping rope together, 1 turning the rope over them both, the other facing her, hopping in time and chanting. Both of them have pink pants and blond hair. 2 more blond and pink girls look on, waiting their turns. Just past them, a group of small boys crouch in a circle, shooting marbles. 2 of them have homemade marble bags at their sides and are earnestly comparing the merits of spaghetti vs. cats-eye. Someone's big steelie bounces off a cobblestone, prompting a burst of shouting and agonized arm-flapping. Over by the bushes, a group of kids, mostly boys, of all different ages, play an energetic game on the mini soccer field.

It's not an opening scene in a 50's-era period movie...it's the playground of Martin's school. :) At the toy store a week or so ago, I boggled over the amount of marbles and marble accessories available for kids these days. Who needs gameboys and sophisticated computer games when there are jump ropes and marbles and pick-up sticks and JACKS available!!?

After 3 days of rain and drizzle and intermittent sunshine, it appears that someone has rolled out green carpets across the fields. Some are high enough that you can't see the tractor rake patterns. In others, the rows of curving green lines in the earth are somehow soothing. The willow trees, swathed in what appears to be pale green netting, are greening. Close up, the buds look like fluffy, curled caterpillars. Jackdaws strut in the bushes.

Song Heard on the Radio This Morning, Furthering the Otherworldly Feeling: Lucky Lips

Really Good Writing Out There Right Now: Looking for Elliot

Life Lessons: Choosing Your Battles by idahoswede

Those of you who think that if my husband can spend 4000 kronor on a new motorcycle helmet, there is no reason on this (green) earth why I shouldn't buy myself a paid LJ account for $25, raise your hands.
 ducky
mood: ducky
music: Joe Jackson—Steppin' Out


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*raises hand*

Heck, he can buy us ALL a paid account!

I feel the same way about life here in Sweden. It reminds me of so many ways of life that I grew up knowing in the ancient time of the 50's and 60's.

Marble accessories?? Wow!! I used to LOVE marbles. Played with the boys (that I was later taken away from to go to the girls school) every day at recess and lunch when I was about 7-9. Such a great game :)

PS. *raise hand*

hands high

400 kronor and $25.00 . .. hmmmm

Go for it.

Re: hands high

Actually, it was 4 THOUSAND kronor, equal to roughly $400 bucks. :)

Re: hands high

umm, does it do dishes? or windows? does it have heated massage? will it play DVDs?

$400 for a helmet?

*raises hand REALLY high*

Re: hands high

It has a spoiler and 3 different sun-protection screens of various strength, and it will protect his precious head infinitely better than the other FOUR HELMETS we have lying around since it's made of stronger, up-to-date, state-of-the-art materials. Dishes?! Massage?! hmmm....maybe what I need is a WIFE. :D

Re: hands high

We ALL need wives!

Re: hands high

Unfortunatley not all wives do the dishes or give massages, this I know from experience! But I do!

Re: hands high

Maybe you need to rethink who, er, wears the pants in your household. :P

Re: hands high

We all do, even the dogs, escpecially the dogs!

I never got into the jump rope, but Marbles rock! I think that's cool, because kids today have way too much entertainment at their fingertips. That's why they all have ADD. I raise my hand to you getting a paid account and mostly so I can see what you can do with it!

*rubs hands together* user icons! polls! more user icons! muahahahahaha!

Wow - that's rather heartening... maybe the trend will make its way to the states! Yeah, who am I kidding...? :P

And of course, *raises hand* and *sticks out tongue at silly Anders and his $400 helmet, which better at least have a Bose radio in it, or a feed line to a cappucino maker mounted on the bike*!

(Anonymous)

Get that paid account. I am raising both hands!

She-Dork

Raising my hand- yes get the paid account!

PS My DD has rubber jacks- she gt them as a gift and they are very cool! And if mommy trips on them thye do not hurt nearly as much as the metal kind!

First off, I'm honored you linked to my journal as a life lesson! Thank you for the compliment.

Secondly, everybody needs toys, Anders likes motorcycle helmets, you like LJ, go for it. I tell my Anders, "You don't make comments on my compulsive pelargonium buying habits, I won't make comments about 58-year-old men buying racing bikes and accessories." Go for the gusto, whatever it may be for you.

raises hand high

**raises hand high***
and suggests that the old obsolete helmets get sold at the flea market for massage for the one who does most the dishes!

Re: raises hand high

EXCELLENT idea, thank you! :)

Definately!!!! He should buy it for you! *grins*

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