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Dear Childhood Memories

Updated on May 7, 2013

Funny, Sweet, Sad or Touching – my Dear Childhood Memories

Nostalgia is a nice and upsetting thing at the same time. Many of us are still children in heart though we try to be fully independent, grown-up and responsible. But we all miss that carefree period of our life called childhood - the time when we had few worries or at least when those worries were not so big, as we look back at them now. Some people are probably still proud of something they did when they were kids, others would like to turn back time and fix something, and someone maybe still keeping in mind a lovely memory that every time puts a smile on his/her face. We remember people we enjoyed meeting or people who used to scare us. We remember ourselves laughing and crying.

I decided to dig up those of mine, my childhood memories. Just a couple of them, those that for some reason stuck up in my head and are not willing to leave it : )

Dream Dool: Barbie Fashion Model Collection Violette Silkstone
Dream Dool: Barbie Fashion Model Collection Violette Silkstone

Dream-Doll

I’ll start with a story that helped me believe that dreams do come true sometimes. And that is where I should say a big ‘thank you’ to my dear mom. I remember that sunny day when I was a little girl and we were going back home with mom. In one of the shop-windows I saw that awesome doll, a big toy girl was gracefully sitting there in her luxurious creamy dress, wearing a huge lacy hat. She had long thick hair and deep hazel eyes. The skin looked so naturally pale with a soft pink color that she looked brilliantly alive. No need to say I adored her. I knew, though, that she must be really costly for us to buy and didn’t say even a word to mom about it. Imagine the scale of my astonishment when in 2 weeks I receive that dream-doll for my birthday. I was almost crying with happiness. And I remember my mom handing it to me with the words: “You see, darling, dreams come true sometimes…” And she warmly kissed me on the cheek. When I grew up I passed the doll to my little sister, though by that time children got a little bit more ‘spoilt’, I should say… Modern Barbies, Cindies, etc. Anyway, it’s all about the right moment and the way of presentation. I still believe in dreams coming true now…

winter
winter

Levitation

Here goes a funny story that makes me laugh now and that used to make me cry back then. A little girl decided to have fun in the yard. It was winter and we had that huge tree in the backyard. It was one of those winters when the amount of snow was so big that there were snowdrifts all way round. The kids used to spend all days long paying in the snow, making snow castles, ‘diving’ into those heaps of snow. I decided to be the smartest – to climb up the tree and dive into the snow from there. That’s what I intended to do at least. I climbed up – aaand dropped myself down from the branch. Oops… something wrong… the snow ground was not approaching! I looked up and saw that I was caught by my own skirt and was levitating there! I started panicking, shouting and crying. But the boys just stood there and laughed loudly. Oh, how hurt and disappointed I felt, can’t express in words! Yes, I calmed down soon and got myself liberated from the evil tree, but that was a stress anyway, back then. Now those boys grew up too and we are laughing together, remembering that funny episode.

The gamble
The gamble

Engrossing Gambling

Even today we are aware than gambling is something that can take you all up and end up in unpredictable consequences. This is the story about how I felt it for the first time on my own skin in early childhood. My family was spending holiday at the Black sea. As you know in every more or less ‘resort-like’ town at the seaside there is that ‘entertainment walk alley’ with restaurants, cafes, rides and those arcade machines working at the scheme ‘put-in-a-coin-and-try-to-win-two’. That’s what drew my sister’s and my attention. I still remember that the machine was called “Little Mermaid” and was so bright and luring. We asked dad to give us some change, as we wanted to give it a try so bad. Unfortunately, dad didn’t have spare money so he gave us a big note and told us to change it, take some money for ourselves and bring the rest back to him. Mom and he were sitting in an open-air restaurant enjoying dinner. So we rushed to the magic machine anticipating the adventure. We put in a coin, then the second one, won something, then lost something, then again and again. We were so absorbed in the whole procedure that didn’t even notice that we soon had to go change some more money, and more, and more. And then, suddenly, when we were going to put in another coin, we realized that we had no money left, we searched the pockets – nothing! It brought us back to the ground and there was a biiiig shock. Can you imagine our dad’s reaction when we got back and said there was nothing left? See, gambling is dangerous =)

First Kiss
First Kiss

Good People

Of course I can’t leave these things unmentioned – meeting people who forever stayed in my memory. The most pleasant occurrences. Their unexpected character made them even more memorable. I brightly remember two of such ‘encounters’. The first one when we were playing a popular game at that time called “Robbers”, kids running everywhere outdoors, hiding from each other, making strategies of conquering.) So at the peak of the game me and some fellow boy from my team got hid in bushes together and waited there. Suddenly the boy blushed, turned to me, kissed on the cheek and said I was the most beautiful girl in the yard. I was so flattered, my knees started even trembling! Felt like the first love. Such a sweet memory. Later, when I grew up and was already a young lady, I met a guy in the street who gave me a rose saying “just to make you smile a bit”. I didn’t even have time to thank him, so fast he disappeared. That encounter so made my day then =)

Childhood dreams - Among the most beautiful songs ever made.

Childhood dreams - Nelly Furtado

Babies Dancing Lebanese Dabka

Babies Dancing Lebanese Dabka Dabbka Farid

Dear squidooers, I believe on reading this lens each one of you remember something from his/her childhood and is smiling now. Let's not forget the best we had, shall we? =)

What is that YOU remember from your childhood?

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      I enjoyed sharing your childhood memories. Thank you! Lovely lens!

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Trees seem to be the comment theme so will stay with it. When I was about 8 years old my half brother, who was about 5 years older, and I decided to build a tree house in one of the big trees on the farm. We tied a big rope on the limb by the tree house so we could swing down instead of climbing down. This one day we got this bright idea to try and swing down and land on his horse's back like they do in the Cowboy movies. The first few times we tried it everything went well. It was getting late and time for me to leave so I decided to play cowboy one last time. My brother was holding the horse to steady it while I swung down. For some reason the horse decided to move just as I was letting go of the rope to land on his back. Needless to say, I landed flat on my back and knocked the wind out of me. Instead of my dear ole' brother helping me he just stood there laughing while the horse ran to the barn. When I finally recovered, my brother had one mad little brother on his heels all the way to the house. Never did catch him! This is one memory I will never forget involving me and my half brother. There are many more as we were always dreaming up mischievous things to do together. Please excuse the length of this comment. OK! Anyway, Thank you for stopping by several of my lenses and giving each of them a "thumbs up" as I do really appreciate it. Have a Great Day! (^_-)

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      Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Thanks for sharing your memories!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Enjoyed you stories. Have a few of my own, too, and you made me think of them.

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      m massie 5 years ago

      I have a tree story too: One summer we found wild grapes growing on the edge of the treeline to the forest behind our house. We had never seen them before in the 5 years we had lived there previously but we figured out what they were ( I was about 13 at the time and smart enough to look up things in the encyclopedia n whatnot) and we spent all week climbing the trees harvesting tiny wild grapes. All together we got maybe a gallon or two, even though those vines were clear up in the tops of at least three tall trees and we climbed those trees and tore the vines down when we couldn't reach, and got every bit we could. And then I made jam out of them, all by myself, with a little help from my brothers who were pretty excited about how we had harvested somehting and were actually making our own jelly. We looked at recipes but had to sort of make it up ourselves too where we lacked ingredients. And it turned out great! Even our parents ate it and thought it was just fine and dandy to be eating homemade wild grape jelly. We were so proud of ourselves.

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      Nicole 6 years ago from Bethel, CT

      Loved your dream doll story!! What a wonderful lens! Thank you for sharing

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      I had a not so wonderful evil tree experience. Loved to climb trees and did so all the time. One day climbed up a tree in the back yard and sat out on a large limb not so high up from the ground. Below were big bumpy roots. Suddenly lost my balance and landed on those roots on my back - knocked the wind right out of that 9-year-old. Nobody around to help me and I was scared until I could breathe again. Never told mama, and didn't stop tree climbing - just made sure I paid better attention! Fun lens ... I get to relive some of childhood's wonder with my grandchildren now.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      How very sweet! Thanks for sharing.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Had to giggle over the evil tree incident- thanks for sharing -:)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      These are indeed very dear memories, thank you for sharing them!

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      sgNgix 6 years ago

      Loved it! Made me revisit some of my on childhood memories

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      I remember all the family vacations we took...Cedar Point, Geauga Lake (amusement parks), Washington, DC, Virginia Beach, King's Dominion, Williamsburg, King's Island. Wow, I didn't realize all the vacations we took- and multiple times to those places! We weren't well off. Brings back some smiles:)

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      I enjoyed your stories from your childhood, thanks for sharing them.

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      GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

      I had a fisher price radio that you twisted the middle part to wind up and it would play "teddy Bear's Picnic". It's the very first toy that I remember owning. I bashed the heck out of that thing, but it was invincible and always kept working. I liked it so much that I went on eBay and bought one for my daughter.

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      Angel_Lou 6 years ago

      There was a big old cherry tree just a few meters away from a railway. I used to climb on it all the time, even during the winter. I was pretending I am a pilot od an army fighter-plane and I did shoot a lot of cherrys towards railway and a street on the other side. :))

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Great stories. I think you have something to ad to my 'You are cordially invited to share your family legends" lens!

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      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I used to be able to fly. I used to be able to vividly remember levitating at the back of the house, and by moving my arms and using thought power I used to be able to move around off the ground. I realize now that it must have been dreams, but back then it was so real.