When we were kids, I'm thinking it was before high school age. Maybe we were in the pre-teen stage. My brother and sister and I discovered our neighbors, they lived across the road. We were all in 4-H and they showed dairy cattle. Many evenings were spent watching them work with the animals, teaching them to walk with a halter on, to stand quietly while there feet were put in a precise place under themselves to look the most level and attractive to the judge. Our County Fair was the biggest event of the summer, it always came the last week of July and into the first week of August.
Many nights after they finished working with the cattle, we'd get a good game of softball going. It was usually at their house. Living in the woods made it hard to have games at our house. They had a great yard and it was three against three. Sometimes it would be girls against boys and other times it would be family against family or we'd just mix it up. I am sure we had our disputes, but it was always fun and we'd play until it was too dark to see the ball.
Then we'd play hide and seek in the dark! Oh my gosh, this was always so much fun. Running around in the dark to keep from being found. Hiding places were bushes or behind trees. We always tried to get to base without being caught. It seemed to go on for hours. Those fun evenings of freedom, play and laughing, were certainly a highlight of summer.
We'd always leave feeling good, talking and laughing as we rode our bikes home in the dark.