Sat in the waiting room of the dentist’s office, comments about the weather were inevitable. The wind and cold have been remarkable for the last month. The seniors gathered this morning for dental work only venture out when absolutely necessary. This can make for long hours in the house from self confinement.
One retiree present was a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, born and raised on a farm on Prince Edward Island. He returned to the island on retirement and reminisced about his childhood on the farm outside Summerside.
“The snow was deep then and the cold was the same, but we forget that. We didn’t stay in the house though and weren’t dressed as well as the kids are today,” he said. “We spent time building forts with bales of hay in the hay loft or flooding a rink and skating all day.”
“One day, I told Dad I was bored,” he said.
His father told him, “Go to the first stall and clean it out. It hasn’t been done.” That stall held young calves.
The retired officer said, “I’ve never been bored since.” His father fixed that!
Our daughter has a rule in her home. “Bored is a word so we don’t say in this house,” she tells the kids.
The kids have learned to find something to fill their time. Believe me, a shortage of toys is not a problem. Playing outside is always an option too, at least when it’s not bitterly cold.
I cannot say I am ever bored. There is always something to do and boredom was never in my vocabulary as a child either. Books have filled endless hours. These days, I also enjoy photography and writing/blogging. Nature walks and hikes, during at least three seasons, are favourites as well.
Do you ever feel bored? How do you avoid boredom?