There’s Always One Joker in Every Crowd

The local museum had an interactive exhibit, mainly geared towards children. It comprised a large whiteboard on which children could hand-write a response to the following two questions:

  • Tell us about your backyard.
  • What changes have you (the children) made to your backyard, during COVID-19?

I was interested in the children’s responses so took a closer look at what they had written.

It seems that trampolines are a popular piece of backyard equipment for children around here.

And there are a few whose family had added swimming pools during Covid.

N.B. To have a pool in one’s backyard in this region, does not necessarily mean you are ‘wealthy.’ We live in a tropical zone where many households have a small pool in which to cool off. Having a pool is less popular now, whereas when I was a child, growing up here, almost every house with children had a backyard swimming pool of some description.

The answers to the second question were equally interesting and contained references to planting vegetables in the garden:

Very much outdoorsy garden-based activities. Great!


It seems there is a cheeky smart ass in every crowd!

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25 thoughts on “There’s Always One Joker in Every Crowd”

  1. and his narcissism bigger ! . . . Had I seen someone so uncaring towards children methinks a sudden movement might have exposed the issue and perchance raised a laugh amongst any adults present . . . 🙂 !

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  2. Seems likely to me that some bright spark of a young adult wrote that .. It simply isn’t a kid’s thinking.
    Excellent post but, Amanda ! 😀


  3. I wonder how old these children were. Most of the handwriting suggests adolescent to me – thus an unsurprising silly comment. Or one you could write “welcome to puberty!” in response to.

    I wish we had a pool. They were very rare where I grew up. We had a community pool and if you were lucky it was only a block or so away. I hear it’s been filled in. I wonder if pools started springing up in the neighborhood. I would love a pool. In my fantasy I would enclose it so I could heat it in the winter. I imagine ceiling vents and fans would take care of the heat in summer. My fantasies get rather detailed…


    1. Keep dreaming, Zazzy, because in your dreams, your mind gets to experience those things that aren’t possible. I feel lucky to have grown up in a subtropical climate where swimming was mandatory and pools were common when I was a child. I might just write a post about this…. .

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