reply to post by Greenize
I feel somewhat sad when I reminisce on my childhood years, but not because it was actually a sad time. I had a very happy, joyous childhood. What's
saddening is knowing that you will never be that excitable, energetic, or clueless to the evils of the world again. It was nice to be so excited about
such trivial things as fireworks or snow, and to have so much energy that you could just spend the entire day running around outside playing tag or
hide-and-go-seek. I regret that some of my childhood was wasted by wishing I was grown...I should have listened to the advice of adults who said to
not take your childhood for granted.
Anyway, the precious memories I have are:
- Christmas. We would always have big family parties at our house and eat a big delicious dinner prepared by my mother. Opening presents was always
exciting, especially when waking up Christmas morning to see what toys Santa had left. I would always leave out cookies and a written note for Santa.
Watching all the Christmas classics (i.e 'Frosty the Snowman') throughout December still
gives me a fuzzy feeling inside.
-Easter. Getting candy and little stuffed animals from the Easter Bunny was exciting as well. Every Easter, we would decorate eggs, I'd get dolled up
in a little Spring dress and go to my great grandfather's house for an egg hunt. This was a blast for me. Some "eggs" you would find were actual eggs
and others were plastic with a prize inside such as money or candy.
-Halloween. This was always my favorite holiday. I LOVED to dress up in Halloween costumes...sometimes something cute like a princess or fairy,
sometimes something scary like an alien or witch. My younger cousin's birthday is on Halloween, so there would always be a costume party at his house
and later all the kids would go trick-or-treating together.
-4th of July. We would always have cookouts with the family at our house. We would all go swimming in our pool and later go to the local park to watch
fireworks and eat yummy snow cones.
-Summer vacation. I think this is an exciting time for all
school children. The feeling of getting out from the last day of school and knowing
you have the whole summer ahead of you is indescribable.
-Snow days. I think these days are exciting for pretty much every child (and teen) in school as well. For most of the "snow days" here, however, the
roads were just iced over. The few times we actually got REAL snow were an amazing experience for a child. I couldn't believe my eyes at all the snow!
I made sure to take advantage of the opportunity to build a snowman, make snow angels, and engage in snowball fights!
-3rd grade. This was my greatest school year. I had the funnest teacher a child could ever have! We celebrated some very obscure holidays like "apple
butter day" and "popcorn day" and we got to eat said snacks. My favorite activity we did was on St. Patricks Day when our class split up into teams
and had to search around the school for clues that lead to the "pot of gold", which was actually a bucket of candy.
-Ghost hunting. I was always into the paranormal as was one of my friends and my cousin (the one whose birthday is on Halloween). We would always try
to catch a ghost on camera and leave messages for the ghosts on a chalkboard and wait for them to respond by writing the answers to our questions. We
even left blanks for the ghost to fill in their name.
I now know we never got an answer but we would try to make the smudges on the chalkboard
out to be letters. lol
-Girly fun. My female friends and cousins and I loved to dress up and do each other's hair, makeup, and nails as if we were grown and then putting on
a "fashion show" for the rest of the family. I remember my cousins and I dressing up in my grandmother's old clothes from the 60s and 70s.
-Berry wars. My grandparent's had a bunch of berry bushes in their yard. There were TONS of berries. My cousins and I would split up into teams and
engage in "berry wars", hiding out and attacking other team members with berries.
There were lots of other fun things like sleepovers, the fair, the zoo, "tooth fairy", going to the toy store, ect. One thing that still gives me a
warm feeling inside is when I see the Willow tree in my grandmother's backyard. My closest cousin and I would just sit in that tree for hours and just
talk. I also used to be amazed by lightening bugs, though I never caught them. I've always loved the serene summer nights when the crickets, frogs,
and the other night critters can be heard. That's actually what I was thinking of when I made my username, 'HarmonicNights'.
Great idea for a thread. S&F!
edit on 6/6/2011 by HarmonicNights because: (no reason given)