Feb 5, 2013

Ten on Tuesday - 10 Things You Miss From Your Childhood

It snowed off and on all weekend and through most of it I played inside with Miss M.  We rough-housed, we played with toys, we played hide and seek, and we read books.  At the end of the weekend the snow had totally disappeared and my sweet girl and I were worn out. It feels a little like I'm experiencing a second childhood through her and it makes me a little wistful sometimes.

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To be clear, I am a reasonably happy adult and I have no desire to go back.  However, I do miss some things. Here are a few of them.

  1. The carefree way that we used to roam on weekends and afternoons.  - We'd tell our parents that we were going out to a friends house and they wouldn't see or hear from us for hours...without worrying much.
  2. The ice cream man - they're still around but it's not quite the same somehow.  You could hear the Mr. Softee music from blocks away and all the kids would come running.  It was a big thing for my grandfather and I. 
  3. Kickball - I was the queen of the kickball diamond in elementary school. Not anymore.
  4. Saturday morning cartoons - we would sneak downstairs and watch for hours while our parents slept.
  5. Making forts - we would do it in the den with blankets and overturned chairs and whatever else we could find.
  6. Climbing trees - I lived in the trees as a kid.  Really!  I would go up there and read or get into mischief or just chill. Awesomeness!
  7. Big family gatherings - we would have all kinds of relatives around the table for holidays.  I've tried to recreate this for my girls but it was different as a kid and different with relatives rather than close friends.
  8. Summer - it was so awesome that last day of school. There was that amazing feeling of freedom as you walked out of the school and knew that there was no homework to be done, no tests to study for, no teacher to answer to. Just fun and relaxation for the foreseeable future
  9. Family vacations at the lake - for many years my family, my grandparents, and my uncles family would rent cabins at a place in upstate NY. They were so rustic and you could hear the rain on the roof. You could swim out to the dock in the lake. There were bats in the rafters in the game room where we'd play nok hockey. In a word - fabulous!


6 comments:

Teri said...

Great list. Thanks for reminding me of the joy of the first day of summer vacation. What sweet release and promise of joys to come.

Beverly said...

I loved climbing trees, too.

Donna said...

The ice cream man. He ruled. Especially when he had Atomic Fireball candies!

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

Ooo, good list! We had a weeping willow I used to climb into and read. I had totally forgoten about that!

Carole Julius said...

Wonderful memories of a happy childhood. I used to visit the ice cream man with my grandfather, too, when I was at their house in the summer. We would listen to the music while we were finishing up dinner and then he would race me to the street to meet the truck. So much fun!

margene said...

Your list is the one most like one I would make. We had such fun as kids with few worries and loads of time to play!