I am from Sulphur, LA.When I was a child our area code was 318.
If you had a pool you were KING of the block, otherwise you played in a sprinkler to stay cool or you waited for a big storm and played in the flooded area in your neighborhood. Eating ice cream was a treat on a hot day. You took your school clothes off as soon as you got home and put on your play clothes. We had to do our homework before being allowed outside to play.
We went to school everyday. Our phone hung on the wall in the kitchen and had a long cord, there was no private conversation or cell phones! We played Mother May I, Hopscotch, Cops and Robbers, 1,2,3 Not It, Red Light Green Light, Red Rover, Hide & Seek, Truth or Dare, Tag, Baseball, Kick Ball, Dodge Ball, and rode bikes. Girls could spend hours playing Barbies or house. Boys played football in the street, basket ball in the school yard and jumped their bikes with scrap wood ramps. There was no bottled water; we drank from the tap or the water hose (warm). Staying in the house was a punishment and the only thing we knew about "bored"--- "You better find something to do before I find it for you!"
We ate dinner at the table and We ate what mom made for dinner or we ate nothing at all. Eating out at a restaurant was a huge deal that only happened for very special occasions. Fast food was a bologna/ham or pb&j sandwich to take outside in the yard .
We watched cartoons on Saturday mornings, and rode our bikes for hours and ran around in the streets until dark.We weren't AFRAID OF ANYTHING.
School was mandatory and teachers were people who you could TRUST and respect. We watched our MOUTHS around our elders because ALL of our Aunts, Uncles, Grandpas and Grandmas AND our Parents best friends were also our PARENTS (they COULD & WOULD WHOOP Y'ALL!,) and you didn't want them telling your PARENTS if you misbehaved.
These were the good ole days. Kids today will never know how it feels to be a real kid. I loved my childhood...!!! Good Times!