June 1, 2012
At the risk of sounding cheesy, these days going into the backyard and looking around reminds me of the summer days of my childhood. Back then I would spend the entire day outside playing and having fun, only coming back inside when it was time for lunch or sleeping. I love remembering some of the silly games we used to play, and I now realize how resourceful kids can be, that most of the time they don't need anything else to keep them entertained but their imagination. Though I don't think I'm quite a grown-up yet, I definitely don't get to spend my summers playing outside all day anymore either. So to remember those times, here is one of my favourite games from back then, that I still enjoy now.
All it takes is to grab a grass seed head (there are lots of them around if you forget to cut the grass for a little while, or find a patch of grass somewhere that is not cut regularly!) in between your fingers, try to guess what it will be - hen or rooster - and pull up to see if you were right. You can tell them apart by how big the "comb" is: if it's not noticeable then it's a hen, otherwise it's a rooster.
In some parts of the world, today is Children's Day, so make sure to take some time out of your day to play, have fun, and let out your inner child!