Of pine forests, high jump and dreams


During our recent holiday, when we were outside the local Botanical Gardens, a lady came to us, selling painted pine cones.

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The pine cones triggered a wonderful memory from my childhood.

There was a beautiful pine forest near our little township. We could get there, by walk, in ten minutes.

My friends and I, went there sometimes to collect pine cones and play in the soft, fallen pine needles.

We would also take fresh pine needles off the tree, and braid them, as they were in threes.We have had many hours of fun there.

Then again, in the eighties we watched the Seoul Olympics on television. We watched the track and field events, and discussed them with fervour, with our friends.

Very inspired by the athletes, and sensing potential Olympians in each one of us, we built a high jump pit.

We got two eucalyptus wooden poles that we stood on each side. We hammered nails at various heights, on both poles, and found a thin wooden stick that we used to jump over.

We had lots of fun high-jumping, hearing the applause in our minds.Β  There was however, one small problem. We had to be careful when we fell on the other side. Though there was grass cover, we still ended up bruising ourselves at times.

The pine forest saved our Olympic dreams. We carried many bags to the forest, and brought back dried pine needles.

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We built our own pad to cushion our falls.

What glorious days those were!

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16 Responses to Of pine forests, high jump and dreams

  1. reocochran says:

    I really liked your attempts to be Olympians! You were athletes, players and scientists who solved how to make a pit softer with pine needles. πŸ™‚

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    • nimi naren says:

      Indeed πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜† There was so much to dream about, the potential limitless. Truly, what it is to be a child and believe that any dream is possible!

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  2. Back when all you needed was an imagination. Sounds glorious!

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  3. belindacrane says:

    Lovely Nimi! This made me remember travelling to one particular pine forest with my parents once a year to collect pine needles in sacks so Mum could spread them around her beloved azalea bushes. Thanks for the memory boost and of course, great post! πŸ™‚

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  4. Sastha says:

    Yes, the Seoul Olympics! We did the same on the opposite side of the lake. Oh, those wonderful days! Thank you, Nimmie, for the nostalgia! And as always a lucid and wonderful writing style! πŸ™‚

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  5. Collecting pine cones would be such a fun activity!

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  6. So sweet. Our pine needles seem a bit prickly for a high jumping pit, but when you’re an Olympian and the thought of winning a medal can trump that reality. πŸ™‚

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