In the 1950s and 1960s, Double Dutch was played on the sidewalks in my hometown of Wilkes-Barre, PA. Players used clothesline rope, and the more experienced jumpers made the game as challenging as possible. Some would hop on one foot while turning around. Others would bounce a ball, or pick up and put down stones between jumps. Then there were those who could jump so high that the turners would turn the rope twice before the jumper landed. For sure, Double Dutch not only was fun to play, but also it was fantastic exercise!
In the 1950s and 1960s, most of the homes in small town USA’s neighborhoods were close to their downtown area, people walked to neighborhood stores to do their shopping, and children played under their neighborhood street lights way into the late hours of summer nights.
A haiku’s image often is not as clear to its readers as it is to the person who composed it. Perhaps this truth is why occasionally all it takes is a word picture (graphic) to make a haiku’s word picture (moment or scene’s verbal expression) vivid.
Just like the outmoded 8-track tapes and audio cassettes, Christian annulments and divorces are making marriage seem as if this God-established institution also has become obsolete. Thank God that, from the beginning, He never meant for His children to erase or disjoin a marital union via an annulment or a divorce.