When I was growing up in Glen Raven, a small section of Alamance County located between Burlington and Elon College, I would get up early on summer mornings and, if my grandmother didn’t have some vegetables or fruit to be prepared for canning, I would head outside for tire play.
Tire play is when I would find an old used car tire, clean off the mud and empty water out of it. Playing with the tire meant running alongside or behind the tire throughout my neighborhood.
I had to do some kind of trick or routine that made me and my tire stand out from the others.
When the other boys found their tires, we raced each other through homemade courses or to a fixed finish line. I had to do some kind of trick or routine that made me and my tire stand out from the others. Most of all, you just had to be fast. Being an adult now I realize what creative play now means!
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