Cul de sac racket
April 6 2001 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Cul de sac racket | Friday, April 6, 2001

Friday, April 6, 2001

Cul de sac racket

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor There is noise in the neighborhood these days, but I'm not complaining. It is the sound of children playing, and it's music to my ears. Ten years ago, our daughter was the sparkplug of our short cul de sac, where seven houses sit tight on tiny lots and wink at each other when the lights come on. The sound of Bethany's roller blades on the asphalt inevitably brought out other children to play and to laugh, to tell secrets and jokes.

When Bethany died, a hush settled over the place. The other young children moved away shortly afterward, and for years you could sit on the front steps and read the paper without a single squeal to punctuate the stillness.

Then our son Samuel came along, and some other kids moved in. New friendships developed slowly, and Samuel was shy at first, but now the noise is back. It usually begins with the hollow racket of Samuel's big wheel making laps around the circular end of our shared drive, or with the pinging sound of Jordan's basketball as he shoots hoops on his plastic goal across the street. Before long, there can be half a dozen kids hard at play while the daylight lasts.

They are a delightful collection. There are racial differences among them, and developmental differences, and differences in religious traditions. None of that interferes with their pursuit of outdoor playtime. Some are leaders and some are followers, some want to play sports and others prefer games of imagination, but they always find enough consensus to get along.

There's some trouble involved in watching kids and kissing boo boos, refereeing misunderstandings and fetching juice, picking up toys and chasing stray baseballs. Sometimes I long for a quiet hour with a good book, but I wouldn't trade one "knock-knock" joke for all the silence in Saskatchewan.

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