A vivid memory from my childhood is of the men in our neighborhood gathering after work for a game of horseshoes in a vacant lot that was next to our house. It seems to me that the pace of life was more relaxed then. Work was from 9-5 and then it was time to knock off and play a game of horseshoes.
For those of you who are not familiar with this game, a U-shaped metal horseshoe is thrown onto a metal stake that is placed in a sawdust square about 12 meters away. The player to throw the closest to the stake after a series of throws is the winner. A ringer is made when the thrown horseshoe encloses the stake.
Besides concentrating on the game’s skill there is a lot of time in between to chat with each other about the day. Each of the men would relate his hopes and woes to each other or talk about current events. It all went over my head of course but from their laughter and tone of voice I could see that they enjoyed sharing their hearts.
All of that disappeared with the advent of TV in the 50’s.