Playing Red Light, Green Light in the side yard, working the dairy farm in the summer, riding my bike EVERYWHERE, catching fireflies and putting them in jars for a night light. Flying kites with my Dad.
We were just into the years when parents started being more aware of where their kids were and we only traveled in packs to walk to the store 6 blocks away. My Mom stood at the window the entire time we were gone to wait for us coming back.
And Policemen were our friends, we knew their names and they knew ours.