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Making Memories; the Joy of Childhood

Updated on December 8, 2020
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Politics aside, there is much more to me. I am passionate about many things and those are the things which sustain me.

Kids at play
Kids at play


Yesterday, I had the privilege of spending the day with my grandchildren!

We had a fun-filled, memory-making busy day, spent almost in its entirety, outdoors.

They did everything that they could possibly do with the many things which were at their disposal, including those little legs of theirs. They ran and ran, for what seemed to me, a hundred miles and they never seemed to tire. (gosh I miss those days, I get exhausted just watching them!)

At dusk, I told them that it was about time to head indoors, my granddaughter began yelling, take a picture Gramma, look, take a picture Gramma quick!"

I looked up.

She had noticed the sunset!

She is only 4 years old.

My grandson looked up from some seriously intense sandbox play...and he took note as well.

His exact word and I quote....."Whoa!"

He is almost 2 years old.

I did grab a camera, I did take the picture and per usual, I could not do the sunset justice, but their noticing it, sure did my heart so much good!


How often are we caught up in the day to day, of politics (yes, those of you that know me, I'll admit it) of relationship, in traffic jams...literally, so caught up and so distracted, that we forget to look up?

When we fail to look up or look around, we miss out on the things which truly matter!

This is what grabbed a four year old's attention

Another beautiful Florida sunset
Another beautiful Florida sunset


It was such a gorgeous evening and such a beautiful sunset and these little munchkins not only took note of it, they had a reaction to it.

They stole my heart all over again!

On my drive back home, thoughts and memories were flooding my mind and I could not get home quickly enough to begin jotting down some notes.

Isn't it funny how simple little things can trigger certain memories?

I love to be outside, always have and if I must be inside, I want to at least be able to see what is going on outside, in the world around me.

I'd choose to always have the windows open, but here in Florida, we don't get a lot of open window opportunities.

I have such great memories of my childhood, most of them spent in the great outdoors.

We practically lived outdoors and there was always an impromptu game of football or baseball or croquet being played in someone's backyard.

It would take some time and thought to recall the television lineup of the day.....even though, there were only three channels.

There were times when my friends had to finally give in to their Parents demands and go inside for supper. Some would disappear almost instantly at the first call, while others would last until the dreaded final countdown, then off they'd go off in a hurried panic. I'd lay in my front yard or in the driveway just to look up at the night sky.
I'd never want the afternoon spent in play with friends or the hours of the day to end, for I knew I could never have those hours, or the day, back!

Making Memories
Making Memories

Cherish Childhood

Our children had it good too, lots of acreage to roam and explore, to build forts on, to camp out on, to play manhunt on (I guess that terminology sounded so much cooler than hide-and-go-seek)

They had a trampoline for many years and it was so much more than just a dangerous calisthenics apparatus, they'd lay on it for hours talking, laughing, stargazing and making memories that will always be a part of them.

I too was adding to my memories, watching them enjoying their childhood.

Is the magic of childhood being lost to the encroachment of technology?

Can the stars of the night sky compete with multiple colorful screens mesmerizing our children?

Does the great outdoors pale in comparison to the magical imagery produced in lifelike video games, constantly calling out their name?

A marathon texting session will never have the capacity to produce a Memory, designed to last a lifetime, but try telling that to an adolescent.

It is amazing how far we have come with technology and I know that it benefits so many in all aspects of life, I just can't help but wonder, unless it is to do with their health, how beneficial it is for children.


My nephews. Full disclosure: No worries...abandoned track :-)
My nephews. Full disclosure: No worries...abandoned track :-)

Moments that will take their breath away...

There is a sky full of stars above my house tonight and I am reminiscing once more. I'm transported back to my childhood, where my memories begin with my brothers and my cousins and with my neighborhood cohorts.

I am thinking about my children and all the great memories that went along with them, as they left our home, to start their own.

I am thinking about all of my nieces and nephews and the children of good friends, that I have watched grow up.

It is amazing how fast the time has flown by.

As I often do, I am thinking about my grandchildren.

I hope that they will always enjoy running and playing, while always learning and discovering new things, in the great outdoors.

I pray that they'll cherish these moments and that a sunset will always....make them stop in their tracks, as it takes their breath away!

Your turn. Do you have fond childhood memories? Please share in the comment section below.

Am I onto something or am I dead wrong?

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      Hi Tsad, I am so glad that your memories are flooding back. They sound like great memories too!

      I was just thinking about the times if we weren't on bikes, we were on horseback and we went wherever we wanted to go pretty much, we'd tie up the horses and go swimming in random places. Good times!

      You are today will never have that same kind of freedom (maybe in Montana/Alaska) it is up to us to get them as close to it as we can!

    • tsadjatko profile image

      The Logician 

      3 years ago from now on

      I can't imagine any children of this generation having memories anything like what we, the baby boomers, experienced. Just now memories of my lifetime are flooding through my head having me re-experience the fun, the freedom, the excitement and adventure of childhood in the 50s and 60s and it seems as though it was only yesterday. Leland, I grew up in Pennsylvania but it sounds like we both were from the same neighborhood. We used to play hide and seek on our bicycles, hiding them in the fields, the creeks, the woods. You can imagine how far and wide that game ranged with all the neighborhood kids on their bikes peddling in every direction.

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      Good Morning Paula, Memory Lane is such a nice walk, thanks for sharing your memories.

      There is always a new adventure awaiting kids in the great outdoors, they just need to be introduced. :)

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      3 years ago from Carson City

      Angie....I love that you have taken your readers for a lovely walk down Memory Lane. I surely have very similar memories of my childhood. When I wasn't in school or doing chores, I was outside, in the park, the woods & the playground. I must have logged a thousand miles on my 2-wheeled blue Schwin, every summer!! I remember collecting leaves of every color & walnuts, in the Fall, planting flowers around our house with my Dad in the Spring and even the cold & snow of winter didn't keep me indoors (in those days!) Now, however, Ole Granny likes her fireplace!! LOL

      My sons are all outdoorsy & athletic, so they grew up in pretty much the same way and I see that they're raising their children to be active and adventurous. Kids have to be limited on the boob tube and those video games or they become like House Zombies!! Great read, Angie!

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      Hi Leland - Sounds like some great memories to me!

      I remember riding my bike down steep hills, no shoes, no hands, feet up on the handle bars (what!?) and definitely no helmet, always racing somebody. My guardian angel had her hands full with me that’s for sure!

      Good times!

      All these years later I remember those bike rides, the wind in my face, my hair flying and winning the majority of those races :)

      You have your memories that have stayed with you.

      I don’t know much about poke’mon, but it doesn’t sound like a memory maker to me. Don’t think it will stand the test of time.

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      Leland Johnson 

      3 years ago from Midland MI

      I remember staying out playing ball until it was dark and the sound of mothers shouting kids names resounded in unison all over our neighborhood. We drank from the hose. We didn't wear a helmet when we rode bikes (if you knew me and my friends I might have to concede that point) I remember when the sound of a neighborhood was basketballs bouncing in driveways and kids shouting and arguing over fouls. Now I routinely drive by empty tennis courts, basketball courts, and fields. It breaks my heart when I go for a walk at the local botanical gardens, a true wonder of nature, to see people young and old alike, on their iPhones engaging in the poke'mon go fad. God's creation is all around them and they're looking at a phone. What a waste and shame.

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      Recently had a repairman here at the house, he said "this land is yours, no one else takes care of it?" Odd question I thought!

      I told him yes and that we would have it no other way.

      He said he would be scared and would never go outside. (he feels safe in the city)

      I told him his kids would love it and he quickly informed me that they would not be allowed outside either!

      I tried to convince him that the great outdoors is exactly what they all need, but he said he is perfectly fine indoors with his kids, on their devices.

      So sad! :( There was no convincing him! Guess it's not for everybody!

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanks for sharing Pop.

      Sounds like wonderful childhood memories to me!

      I agree with you and I remember those games we'd play, we could self umpire if required, but honesty and good sportsmanship were always present, so there was no need.

      Have a wonderful week!

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      3 years ago

      You are definitely right about this generation of kids. Like you, I spent most of my time outside playing. All we needed was an imagination and a rubber ball. Now, the only way kids experience the joy of being outside is when they play competitive sports in an organized setting. Back when I was a child, we ran the show. We didn't need adults supervising our fun. Somehow we managed to form teams and play, just play. Organized sports now has morphed into interaction via cell phones or the Xbox. My fear is that going forward these kids will lack the ability to really connect with people in a spontaneous and meaningful way. It really doesn't bode well for the future.


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