Wednesday, June 08, 2005

I was born an itty bitty kitty....

Sgt. B tagged me with an interview- 5 things you miss most about childhood. So, I thought about it and came up with this:

1. The penny candy store.
Well, OK... nickel candy store. We used to be able to walk to this little place when I was a kid. That was back in the old days when young kids could actually walk more than 20 feet from their home without the parents worrying about them being abducted. It was also back when penny candy still cost a penny, and nothing in the candy store cost more than a quarter.

2. Running around in my bathing suit all day long.
I remember this bikini I had when I was all of maybe 6 or 7 years old. It was white, with a cherry blossom pattern on it. And this really cute little ruffle around the waist. I loved that bathing suit! I wore it nearly every day that summer. We also had walkie talkies that year. My handle was "Wild Cherry" after my bathing suit.

3. Playing in the streets after the rain.
Our street used to flood really bad when it rained hard. The pressure was so intense it often gushed out of the sewer covers like a fountain in the middle of the road. We didn't have much traffic on our road, so our parents used to let us go play in the rain (or after the rain)... in the street. It was like a little swimming pool at times! I'm SURE that's what they meant when they said "Go play in the street, young lady!"

4. My grandparents.
When I was born, I had three sets of grandparents and a great-grandma & great grandpa. 37 years later, I now have children who have two sets of grandparents, a great-grandma & great-grandpa. How lucky is that? When I was born, my Mom and I lived with her Mom and Step-Dad until my Dad came home from Vietnam when I was 18 months old. Needless to say, I developed an incredibly strong bond with them, and I miss them both terribly. My only consolation is that I will someday see them again in Heaven.

I was going to "snarky" back at ya Sgt., and submit Kitty answers too, but... not today.


As Mr. Sister has been so eager to point out... I was supposed to list 5- not 4- childhood memories. He's been bugging me for 24 hours now about my 5th favorite childhood memory. I keep saying "I don't know".... but that's just not cutting the mustard for him right now.
So here you go, Bryan. Here's my 5th.

5. Snow days.
I miss not caring how incredibly cold I am playing in the snow. I miss the wonderment of being a child and hoping for that elusive snow day, instead of my adult perception of snow, which usually boils down to "FREK! I hate driving in this crap!" and "I sure hope I can find someone to watch the kids tomorrow, because I don't have any vacation days left". I miss just being able to enjoy the snow, instead of dreading it. And I often wonder when that sense of excitement switched over to a sense of dread...

Somedays, I just hate being a grown up.


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