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The Uncomplicated Pleasures of Childhood

Updated on April 16, 2013
Toy cars were so much fun to play with when I was a kid.
Toy cars were so much fun to play with when I was a kid. | Source

Uncomplicated:

Looking back, life as a kid seemed uncomplicated. I know at the time it seemed tough, and some thigs about childhood and growing up were hard, but for the most part things were relatively easy.

Every kid is different, and some are certainly the exception. But most kids don't have to worry about money, where they're going to live, or what they're going to eat. As for the ones that do worry, and who do not always have a home, or food, or even love, my heart goes out to them.

Our job as a kid was just to learn, to go to school, to grow, and to play. There were so many things to do in a world that was so new and full of opportunity and wonder. I would like to dwell on some of the things that were so fun as a child. If you will, go on this journey through time, and remember what it's like to be a child again.

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Coloring and playing with cars are two really cool things to do, as a kid. My nephew colored this oneMy nephews like to play with their Lego airplane
Coloring and playing with cars are two really cool things to do, as a kid. My nephew colored this one
Coloring and playing with cars are two really cool things to do, as a kid. My nephew colored this one | Source
My nephews like to play with their Lego airplane
My nephews like to play with their Lego airplane | Source

In the Summertime:

When we were kids, we had the whole Summer off from school, about 2 months of freedom! Sometimes we got bored, but we were pretty creative about finding things to do!

I loved to go swimming: On Memorial Day, my grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, brothers and parents would all go on our first picnic of the season. Living in the North, it wasn't usually quite warm enough to swim (I never understood why we couldn't go in when it was in the 80's, not realizing the water would still be very cold), or else it would be cloudy, and my parents would point out that if there's a thunderstorm, it could be deadly to swim. I remember nagging my parents about it, and being excited when the time came to go on our first swim of the year. Many times it was a couple of weeks later, and it was always accompanied by a trip to an ice cream stand for a cold treat.

Beaches in general: Meaning, there's more to do at the beach than swim! Build snow castles, or whatever our imagination called for. When I was young, there were these orange salamanders (I think they're called Newts) in the lake. As I got older, they disappeared, but when we were younger, we had so much fun catching them. Unfortunately, I snuck one home one time, without having any idea what they eat. R.I.P., poor salamander. I didn't mean any harm, I just didn't know better. But I did learn that they don't eat ants, and they don't eat lettuce, or grass.

Picnics: Even when we couldn't go swimming, going on a picnic or cookout was so much fun! There were several places we went to, but the one that tugs at my heart most is Laurel Lake in the Erving State Forest. We went there quite often throughout my childhood, and I have so many memories! My mother is great at cooking, so she would pack up homemade salads and cookies, and we would have hamburgers and hot dogs, chips, in addition to the goodies my mom brought. I enjoyed the smoky smell of the food on the grill, the wonderful food, exploring the woods, playing in the creek, and watching the bugs and frogs. At that particular place, we would usually get to go swimming after about 30-45 minutes. We always had to wait a while after we ate, and we were always impatient to get in!

Camping: When I was a kid, there were two types of camping: 1) Going to a campsite, which was lots of fun. My family went camping almost every year until I was a teenager. We used to have cookouts, roast marshmallows, go swimming, play in the woods, jump across the creek and catch frogs. Once I remember having a "water bomb" (balloon) fight with my brothers and father in the woods! One of my fondest memories of my brother as a pre-teen was when we would go on a long walk down the campground road, and we would sit and look at comic books together at the creek. One of the times we went on a walk that year wasn't quite so fun, though. We walked too far, forgot what direction we had come from, and got lost. We ended up walking out of the campgrounds entirely, onto a town road! Fortunately, a ranger found us, and brought us to the ranger station at the beginning of the park. 2) Setting our tents up in the backyard and sleeping out there, many times with a friend. If we were in the mood to go camping, but couldn't, we would make it FEEL like we were camping! We had fun, unless it was cold. One year we just kept the tents set up for several weeks, so we could spontaneously spend the night out there when we desired, and also because we were too lazy to take them down and put them back up every time. That was good until we had a storm with heavy winds, which tore the tents into shreds!

Sprinklers: As an adult, have you ever run through a sprinkler, or gone under a water hose (on purpose)? I remember it as being so refreshing and thrilling. It felt so good on a hot day! Have you ever used a slip-and-slide? They were popular at one point during my childhood. We didn't have one, but I remember using one at someone else's house!

Amusement parks and fairs: There was an expensive one we would go to on occasion, and there was a more local one that was only a few dollars if you went in the evening, after dark. I thought it was so much fun to be there at night! It was cooler, the lines were shorter, and there's a certain feel to being outside after dusk! At the end of the season, there were fairs. They were exciting, too, although it's always sad to see Summer end.

Rollerskating: I would go to the community center and rollerskate with my best friend. Music, skating, games, and snacks- we had a blast! When I was first in 5th grade, my family briefly lived in New Hampshire. Our school had a fundraiser, and as a result of the money everyone raised, there was an incredible reward: During the school year we could go to one of several types of places (I chose the rollerskating rink) for 1/2 of a day once a week for about 4 weeks. It was so fun to only have half a day of school, and to have some fun for "free" when we would normally be doing our studies.

Flying kites: My Grandparents lived out in the country, and sometimes we would go to what we called "Grandpa's Farm", which wasn't his anymore- it used to be. When my dad was a young adult, the farm burned down, and the family moved down the road. But no one lived in that huge field beside the mountain any more, so we had fun there often. We would fly kites there, because their wasn't much there that you could run into, as long as you didn't go toward the trees. It is so much fun to make it soar high in the sky, and wonder what the view must be like, or if it would hit an airplane (kids don't always know better)! We would also fly those "wooden" airplanes. Or maybe they were gliders. And we would throw those little parachute soldiers in the air, and see the little 'chute open up. It was fascinating.

Picking berries: I enjoyed the simple pleasures of picking berries when I had the chance. Actually, I remember picking a neighbor's berries once (there was no fence between the 2 yards), without realizing I shouldn't. When I was a teenager, we lived in a pretty Victorian home that had woods to explore behind the backyard, and there were berry bushes there. Finding them was like finding hidden treasure!

Exploring: As a kid, exploring woods, a neighborhood, or a new house can all be exciting. You never know what you're going to discover. I loved playing in the woods, and I loved moving into a new place, and hoping to find secret passageways, or some kind of secret place. My youngest brother and I would talk about the possibility of finding one. I would have dreams at night of coming across a new place. Actually, I started a story when I was 12 about exploring a hidden world in an alley.I started a more mature version of that story as an adult, and I plan on finishing the fourth and final draft of it this year.

Catching fireflies: Seeing fireflies as a child seemed magical, especially when I didn't know much about them. A bug that makes light is spectacular, is it not?



Stuffed Animals

What child doesn't like to cuddle with a stuffed animal?
What child doesn't like to cuddle with a stuffed animal? | Source
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In the Wintertime:

  • Snowball fights!
  • Snow forts
  • Sledding
  • Ice Skating
  • Winter vacation!
  • Snow days from school. It was always a thrill to hear the school cancelations!
  • Building snowmen
  • Drinking hot cocoa (fortunately, that is just as satisfying as an adult, and you can indulge any time you want)
  • Making snow angels
  • Walking through the snow in the comfort of a toasty warm snowsuit
  • The Holidays seemed more magical as a child. The stories, the movies on tv, the coziness of the season, the gifts, being with family, helping my mom decorate the Christmas tree (with some of our homemade ornaments, of course), and helping my mom bake and frost sugar cookies.

Just Having Fun:

  • Playing outside: sports, tag, hide-and-go-seek, rolling down hills, playing hop scotch. Blowing bubbles.
  • Using ordinary items as something different: such as using a paper towel roll as an imaginary telescope, or yelling in it. Or using cans and a string as a telephone.
  • Giggling over everything! As a girl, anyway. It seems like boys wouldn't be caught dead giggling. But it is so fun to find things in life to make us laugh, and to do it without being terribly self-conscious.
  • Playing board games and card games, or else games that only required pen and paper. Such as M.A.S.H., tic-tac-toe, and "Hang-Man" (that game would probably be frowned upon nowadays).
  • Imaginative games. My most thrilling childhood memories involve pretending. I had friends who lived out in the country, and we had a blast basically just acting like we were part of an adventure movie. It was like acting out a story as you think of it. Other than that, "House" and "Doctor" were common games to play.
  • Craft projects. I loved arts and crafts, and used whatever we had in the house to make stuff with.
  • Coloring. What kid doesn't like to color?! It's so fun to start with a plain picture, or a blank page, and add color. You feel a sense of achievement, and pride that you made something pretty.
  • Sleepovers: This is probably my favorite part of being a kid. As an adult, it is not common to have a girl friend sleepover at night. But it was so fun. We would talk and talk, tell scary stories, have snacks late at night, listen to music. We would write notes to each other. My best friend during my teenage years and I actually shared a journal for a while, and we would take turns writing in it, and talking about the boys we had crushes on. When I was older, another of my friends and I would model different clothes, and take photos. It was like a more grown-up version of playing dress-up.
  • Writing: I have loved writing since I was old enough to write. I would eat up any time designated to writing, and race my way through without any hesitation. At 12, I would take a thick stack of paper home from school, so I could continue writing a story at home. I loved writing in my journal, and when we went on trips, I would put together my own personalized trip journal, complete with prompts about everything I wanted to record on the trip for every day, a packing list, and even games to play on the trip. It was fun to me!
  • Reading, and going to the library. The library is virtually free (after the initial membership cost, and late fees if you're not careful), and I would borrow as many books as I could, and read most of them before the due date. I was interested in so many subjects. Whenever I was curious about something, I would check out a book on whatever it was (as long as it was appropriate, of course)! Back then, there was no internet, and no "Google".
  • Speaking of the internet, it came out (or gained popularity) when I was a young teenager, and at one point I got my brother's hand-me-down computer. My father and brothers were really into the internet, but it took a while for me to understand it or the computer.
  • Baking with my mom. She even let me start experimenting when I was 10 or 11 (my poor brothers, they were the guinea pigs). Sometimes it came out good, and sometimes it didn't. My first attempt was at some kind of a tortilla, but I misinterpreted the amount of salt to put in. Gag!
  • I was always thrilled at the idea of getting school supplies for a new year. The excitement lasted until the second day there.
  • Family get-togethers were always fun. Being with my cousins. Eating good food, and getting hugs from my grandparents. Good times!
  • Trips, usually to my grandparents on my mother's side. They lived in Virginia, about 9-10 hours away from us. Trips were always fun for at least a few hours. And arriving there, and seeing them after not being around them for a year was so exciting I could barely handle it!
  • Toys. Stuffed animals and dolls, cars, Legos, building blocks. Throughout the years, toys changed, but they were fun while I had them. My brothers and I used to trade toys. Mom put a stop to that! But we still would use each others' toys. I was lucky, because I was the only girl, and I didn't receive gifts to share, like my brothers did.

I would have loved to explore this place when I was a kid!
I would have loved to explore this place when I was a kid! | Source

Feel free to reminisce about your childhood, or about what makes life carefree in those early years of life. I enjoy comments and feedback!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Kathryn, reading this hub brought back a flood of childhood memories. We flew kites, played carrom, badminton, cricket, Ludo, snakes and ladders, marbles and so on. Do miss those wonderful days.

      Voted up and shared.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thanks, Rajan, I'm glad enjoyed this. I think memories are a wonderful thing! Thanks for sharing some of yours.

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      Up, interesting and beautiful. This brings back so many memories of my own childhood when we did so many of these things too. I grew up in Sussex, southern England and had the lovely countryside of the Weald to play, walk and cycle in. I'd forgotten about kite-flying; we did that too, usually with my father. My parents and my grandfather were the ones who loved writing and encouraged me to do the same. I think our childhood gives us so much towards our later life and a happy one full of such activities stands us in such good stead. Thanks for reviving the memories. Great hub.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thanks, Annart, I'm glad you enjoyed! It sounds like you had an active childhood.

      I keep thinking of more things I could have added, and it amazes me to think of everything I did in childhood.

      I can't imagine living in England. It's where most of my ancestors lived, but my family has lived here for many generations now. Someday I hope to go across the water and visit, to see what it's like.

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Looking back on my own childhood, I didn't even remember reviewing hard for my upcoming exam, though I got decent grades as far as I knew. (it was only in my teens where I got to seriously study). When I was just a kid, I only played and played, either alone with my toys or playing with other kids on a mud puddle. Then we would watch TV and despite not having cable TV then, we were thoroughly enjoying the shows from the free channels. Satisfied. Before the Internet and gadgets/countless high-tech gaming consoles, we would just play Atari, and share perfumed stationeries/coloring books/coloring pens with my sisters and friends.

      Yes, how simple yet enjoyable our lives in those days. Thanks for your hub, it helps me bring back my childhood memories which are really priceless. Voted up and awesome. :)

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      really nice hub. I remember when I was a child and all of the things that I liked to do. Constantly playing outside, watching your favorite cartoons or playing with your favorite toys. Thanks. Voted up.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thanks, Vibesites. I'm glad you read and enjoyed my article. It's funny, there are still so many things I didn't mention. I remember Saturday morning cartoons, as well as some snows during the week that I was crazy about. I remember Atari, too! We had that when I was young, and when I was 10 the Nintendo came out. It is amazing how much technology is out these days. No wonder kids today don't always get out and do stuff, there's so much to do inside at home now.

      Thanks for commenting, I like feedback.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Torrilynn,

      Thanks for reading and responding.

      Cartoons were so awesome when I was a kid! And there was so much to do outside.

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      Your hub is so special.I think of my childhood days and love them so much.It is amazing how special a walk down to the corner store just to get a candy bar was.Running through the neighbors yard playing with friends was a common thing.You brought back a flood of memories and old neighbors who have passed away so long ago.What a great way to start my day.Thinking of so many friends in the neighborhood and all we wanted to do is play.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Dream on, thanks for reading and commenting.

      That reminds me, another thing I really liked was going to the candy shop when I was a kid. One place I lived at actually still had a store with penny candy! We would go there with $1 or 2 and load up on individual candies!

      There are a lot of special times we have as kids, and I think it is nice to reminisce once in a while!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Mcxniftycalls,

      I'm glad you enjoyed it. It is interesting to think how different it is to be a child in other countries. Every culture is different, and what is common in one place is not in others. I am glad that you can recall some things about your childhood that were fun.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      A great walk down memory lane! A great list of ideas for parents who may be wondering what to do over the summer vacations too. Lots of today's children have no knowledge of many of the fun things to do that you've listed and all they need is for parents to inspire them. This has been a fun read! Will share with my followers.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thanks for the feedback, Au fait, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      That's true, kids these days don't seem to do a lot of the things some of us did as kids, and I'm sure this would work well as a list of ideas for parents, too.

      Thanks for the share!

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      nuffsaidstan 4 years ago

      I used to spend hours just looking at the toys in a catalogue dreaming that one day i might own them.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Awww. I hope you at least got some of them in your life!

      I remember browsing in Christmas catalogs, seeing all sorts of toys we couldn't afford.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Nuffsaid.

      By the way, every time I see an article on the Blobfish, I think of your profile photo.

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      nuffsaidstan 4 years ago

      We were pretty poor when i was a kid, but we did used to get one or two. Ha ha the Blobfish, im not really ugly im just shy!

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      rosika 4 years ago

      I miss my childhood sometimes, especially when I see my little boy enjoying stuffs that I used to enjoy without worrying when I was little.....childhood days were so different...oh I miss it!

      Enjoyed reading this hub.....Thanks for sharing!

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      A Hub that many will enjoy as it sends us down memory lane. If only life could be like that now. The memories are lovely though. Just wish all children could have those thoughts of happy times.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Rosika, watching kids play makes me long for the carefree days of childhood. A few years ago, I lived with my brother's family for a few months, and I loved coloring with my 2 nephews, and being around them after not seeing them more than a few times in their lives. They always seemed to be doing things that were fun.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Vicki, Thankyou, I hope many people do enjoy it. I like reminiscing!

      I wish all kids would have happy times in their lives, too. I feel bad for those who go through a lot as kids, because once childhood is gone, you can't take it back.

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      Abby Campbell 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      What a fun article, Kathryn! Going back down memory lane brings a smile to my face. My childhood favorites were swimming, playing in the sprinkler, and rollerskating. Oh my - was rollerskating ever so fun! Then my dad tried to beat me on the rink and fell and broke his ankle. I felt terrible for years but finally realized it wasn't my fault. I will always cherish those moments.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I love "going down memory lane", and I'm glad this article made you think of some of your precious childhood memories.

      Oh, I can imagine it would be awful to have your dad break his ankle while in competition with you. But hey, you must have been good at skating!

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      Koralee Phillips 4 years ago from Vernon British Columbia Canada

      Great Hub Kathryn. We had similar childhoods and lots of similar experiences...RIP blue spotted salamander :)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I am glad you enjoyed, Koralee. Life wasn't always sugar-sweet, but I have so many wonderful memories! Fortunately, great times happen in adulthood, too, it's just way different. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Ruth R. Martin 4 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      Very lovely hub, well written and detailed! We have two children, ages 4 & 6 - we have done several things they will remember, like going to the zoo, but your list has a lot of great ideas for the future!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      The zoo! I have no idea why I didn't think of that one! Every time I think I have come up with a pretty good list, I remember some things that I have forgotten about. But that is the good thing about this subject, it brings up memories, and things people bring up bring even more memories to mind!

      It's great that you are giving your children a childhood that is pleasurable. Good memories are priceless.

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Healthwealthmusic, I appreciate it.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Arizona

      We used to be so creative as children. I hope that same sense of wonder and imagination still exists today. I recall fishing, riding my bike all over town, doing crafts with my grandmother, going to the roller rink, picking berries and making a slip and slide out of a plastic pool cover, just to name a few. Those were the days. Thanks for sharing your memories and giving us a chance to remember ours! :)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Lindacee, I'm glad that it helped you to think of some of your fond childhood memories. I had so much fun writing about it, I almost didn't stop. I could have gone on and on.

      Thanks for sharing some of your memories!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Good morning Kathryn from lake erie time ontario canada 10:23am on a glorious and sunny day by the lake. This is such a bittersweet title isn't it - when we're young we often think about getting older and when we get there we then want to go back in time and become young again.

      I try to retain my childlike nature (often it shows up in my writing) and try to stay away from childish behavior - lol.

      Your hubtastic presentation here made me want to go back as a kid again in my days of innocence and a carefree existence and do all of this all over again.

      Sending you warm wishes from Colin and his cats , Tiffy and Gabriel

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Colin, so that is your name. Thank you for reading my article. I had so much fun writing this piece. Oh, you have cats? I love cats, but haven't had any for years.

      Your time is the same as ours. For some reason I was thinking it would be off by an hour, but I guess you are not quite far enough.

      I like being an adult, but there were so many pleasant things about being a kid, too. I don't think I would want to start all over again, I think I would just like to go back and forth every once in a while!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kathryn,

      I also had two brothers and we did many of the same things. To read about some of my childhood memories, I have written a hub titled Good Old Days of Growing Up in the 1950's. No personal computers back then but lots to do just the same. Enjoyed your memories. Brings a smile to my face. Up and interesting votes.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Peggy, Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm glad my memories brought a smile to your face!

      I am going to read your hub. Sounds interesting!

      We didn't have computers until I was a teenager, although we had the Atari and Nintendo game systems when I was young. I can't imagine being part of the generation that had personal computers and electronics of all kinds from day 1! It is amazing how many things you can find to do without electronics around. I think decades ago children had to be more creative about finding things to do. I look forward to reading about your childhood in the 50's.

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      georgescifo 4 years ago from India

      swimming was one of my favorite childhood activity as there was a river near my house. we used to spend evenings by having a bath and swimming in the river. But these days, as I have moved to another location, I really miss those childhood activities...

      Anyway thanks for this wonderful article.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Brilliant and very nice hub. I have one of the same type as well. Childhood we lost is the most precious time of our life. So its important to teach our children live more while they can to cherish more later. Thanks for this share here. Votes all up and shared.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Georgescifo, I miss swimming! Aside from going to the lake during the Summertime, there was also a large brook where my grandparent's lived, out in the country. I loved swimming there, amongst the trees. There are many childhood activities I miss, too.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Deergha, thank you for reading, and for your nice comment.

      I agree, it is very important to teach children that. They won't know how precious their childhood is until it is over, and it is good to have a childhood in which they can reflect on it as an adult with warm feelings.

      Yes, your hub on childhood is a sweet one. I like hearing about childhood memories.

      Thank you, Deergha, and have a wonderful weekend!

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      Karen Robiscoe 4 years ago from California

      I can relate to ALL these activities, and especially loved camping. I am afraid these are soon to be distant memories, what with the new generation's proclivity for computer diversion...* she says, typing away *

      I think more adults should run through sprinklers!! Huge props on this trip down nostalgia road.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      CharronsChatter, I'm glad you could relate! Yeah, childhood nowadays must be so different!

      The computer is a distraction to me, so I can only imagine how much kids could get engrossed in it!

      I would love to run through sprinklers! It was so much fun.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Kathryn,

      This is a very beautiful hub and it does bring back so many memories of my childhood. I'll also remember the trips to central Wisconsin to visit my maternal grandmother and grandfather, and they crying when we had to leave and go back home. I can just smell the cookouts and barbecued hotdogs and hamburgers. As a young boy, I played a lot of baseball in the park and remember choosing up teams. When we were kids we literally had "the life of Reilly" if you can remember that expression. Voted up and sharing with followers.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Good hub on the realities of simplicity. I still consider myself a little bit of a big kid at times. I enjoy camping, fishing, and a whole slew of other things that I enjoyed as a child. Brings me back to being a kid again....l think I'll go buy me a new fishing rod now! I'm sharing this!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Kathryn,

      Gosh, I feel like we had the same childood! Why do I feel like these are things that today's kids don't do anymore? I would give anything to go back to these days, not only were they innocent but we truly played! I am so glad I was a child in the era I was, before all of the technology and electronics. I make my kids have an imagination, but I think they resent me for it ;-)

      I really miss rollerskating. They came out with Roller Blades in my life time and I had a pair, but good old fashioned rollerskates, down the middle of the road or at a skating rink... those were the days!

      Voted up and Awesome!

      Cat

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Sounds like chilhood was wonderful! Nice memories!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Paul, thanks. I am glad you enjoyed this piece. It was so nice to recall so many fond memories of childhood. At the time, life seemed slow, and I never even realized how rich and full my life was until I was all grown up.

      I played baseball every so often when I was a kid. Fun times.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      It's great that you consider yourself a big kid. It is great to be able to extend the pleasures of childhood into adulthood. Life would be no fun if it was all work, no play.

      I think you should go buy a new fishing rod! Enjoy life :)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Cat, there are a lot of things that kids don't seem to do anymore. Technology can be grand, but at the same time it gets in the way of living life the way we did when we were younger. I don't even think they would understand.

      I am glad you make your kids use their imaginations! LOL, maybe they like it better than they let on.

      I remember rollerblades coming out, but there's nothing like the rollerskates. Those were some of my favorite childhood memories.

      Thanks, Cat, I appreciate it!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      My childhood was quite wonderful, although there were times I thought it was boring and slow. Soemtimes you never realize how good you have it until the time has come and gone. But I can't complain. I appreciate my life as an adult, and really recognize that it is a great life.

      Thanks for reading this and commenting, Sheri! I'm glad you liked it.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Kathryn,

      You're right, I'm guessing my kids like it more than they lead on and I'll bet they'll truly appreciate it as they get older and see how much things have changed.

      Cat

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Kathryn,

      Reading your hub sent me back the memory lane and lost in childhood. I never learnt swimming because we lived in Delhi and there is hardly any water for swimming or sports. I really envy the people who live near enough water. As a kid my favorite game was hide and seek alone with dark room, where you have a totally dark room and all children would hide and one has to find them all one by one and have to recognize in total darkness.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Indian Chef, I used to love playing "hide and seek"! It was one of my favorite games.

      When I was a kid, I didn't realize how lucky I was to live near water. It is a very special thing. But of course every climate and area of the world has something unique and special about it.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm glad I helped bring back some of your childhood memories.

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Thank you - this brought back many memories for me - growing up in England where the perimeter of the village defined my life.

      Life was so uncomplicated and I'm sure the sun shone in every day in the summer holidays. We wandered freely, sometimes picking blackberries for making jelly. Armfuls of bluebells in Spring. Cricket and football matches on the street - wow was it hard to grow up and move on.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Travmaj, yu're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

      Your childhood sounds very sweet, as well. Thank you for sharing some of your memories, as well as for reading and commenting on my hub.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Those were the good old days! I miss those days when my parents and we children woke up very early in the morning to have a picnic by the sea so it was not yet so hot to enjoy the day. Me, my siblings and the neighbourhood children were always playing hide and seek and other street games on our street. There was not any vehicles driving at our street before. We did fireflies catching as well.

      Thanks Kathryn for bringing me back to my memory lanes. Happy new week! Voted up and shared.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thelma,

      I'm glad you enjoyed the trip down memory lane! It is fun to think back to simpler times, and recall what we did for fun.

      Your memories sound wonderful, too! I love picnics, and being by the water. I also love playing games with neighborhood kids. One time when I was younger, we lived on a cul-de-sac, I think it's called. We didn't have any traffic in the neighborhood except from those who lived there, so we could play without having to be as careful as on main streets. It was so much fun!

      Thanks for sharing your memories with me, and I hope you also have a fantastic new week!

      ~ Kathryn

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