Front yards are boring.~ "Backyards", Popcorn, James Stevenson
Backyards tell stories.
I can't tell you how much I love this quote. It brings back favorite childhood memories, most of which really did happen in backyards around the neighborhood. I remember thinking front yards were for flowers and green, kid-free grass and grown-up conversations. But backyards and alleys...they belonged to the kids.
Backyards are for hide-and-seek and trampolines and summer sleep-outs. They are for pets and forts and imaginary play; for leaf piles and snowmen and slip-and-slides.
So often, when I dig for new ideas, it's those backyard memories that surface first. Backyards do indeed tell stories.
Do your backyard memories ever appear in your stories?