Treehouse Archaeology


Aardvarchaeology has a nice article about abandoned treehouses.
These sites and their formation processes reflect children's psychological characteristics. Kids have little sense of order, short memories and strange rationality. They also have no idea that childhood is brief and transient. They will happily fill their treehouses with junk without any thought that they might one day stop coming there.

And when they stop coming, everything is left wherever it dropped the last time they played with it. Link

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My two boys are 19 and 21 now. Just a few years ago I cleaned up the debris from their clubhouse on the side of our house.
a whistle,
empty can of root beer,
a few Hotwheels,
colored pencils,
miniature skateboards,
a coloring book.
It's kind of sad that this period of their life is complete, but thinking about it makes me realize I should really be appreciating the time we spend together today!
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I knew a few people who left there homes in the same state. They asked me to clean up after (I felt very awkward going into someone's home like that) and there were all these artifacts of the life they left behind like old band uniforms and unfinished projects. In an innocent viewpoint, it seems similar but not. Then again, you never knew why the children left those tree houses behind. It's all interesting.
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