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Remembering Foods from Childhood

Updated on August 12, 2015
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I'm carrying on my mother's research into our family history. I've self-published some family memoirs & learned a lot about different eras.

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My sister liked to make these. It's a fun cooking project for a youngster.
My sister liked to make these. It's a fun cooking project for a youngster. | Source

Writing Triggers for Childhood Memories of Food

Many of our earliest memories relate to food. Just eating something can transport your mind back to your early days.

Let's take a stroll down memory lane. I'll provide some memory triggers. See what springs to your mind as you read down through these prompts.

I hope you'll actually write about some of the memories that come to the surface. Use these for your blog, for a scrapbook or for a memoir. Whichever you do, please save those memories for your children and future generations.

(photo by Virginia Allain)

Childhood Memories of Grocery Shopping

Tell about Going to the Grocery Store

Did you get to go along on grocery shopping expeditions as a child? Write a description of the market where the shopping occurred and your memories of the activity. Did you get candy or a treat? Did you ride in the shopping cart? Write about your mother's shopping method or how she interacted with you and your siblings during the shopping trip.

Describe a Typical Breakfast with Your Family

Tell who prepared the food, where it was eaten and who was there for breakfast. Was it a hot, hearty meal or something more simple? Describe the foods and include all five senses (smells, sounds, sight, touch, taste).

Perhaps on special occasions there were different breakfast foods. Tell about those times. Did you ever have breakfast foods at other times of the day?

At Grandmother's Table - Women Write about Food and Its Meaning

At Grandmother's Table: Women Write about Food, Life and the Enduring Bond between Grandmothers and Granddaughters
At Grandmother's Table: Women Write about Food, Life and the Enduring Bond between Grandmothers and Granddaughters

Food memories from our early days stay with us and the smell and taste of special foods takes us back to time with our mothers and grandmothers.

 

Memories of a Typical Family Meal from Your Childhood

Describe in detail how the family interacted at the dinner table. Don't forget to include the kinds of discussions held, what the expectations were for behavior at the table and any issues that came up during meals. Describe the area where you ate, who was there, what time the meals were and what kinds of foods were served. Did you have to clean your plate?

Use Photos to Trigger Your Memories

This photo from 1975 from our family album brings back many memories of family holiday meals.
This photo from 1975 from our family album brings back many memories of family holiday meals. | Source

Remember Bottled Drinks from Childhood?

Write about These Memories

Was having sodas a special treat way back when? Think of what you called it (soda, cola, pop, or some other name). Where did you buy it? What flavors did they have. Try to remember brand names, how you opened the bottle, when you drank it and other little details. Did you go to a soda fountain, get bottles from a big cooler at a gas station or from the grocery store? If you didn't have pop, then write about other cooling drinks you had in summer. Include the recipe if you can remember it.

1950s Family and Soda Pop

Does this bring back memories? We only had a bottle of pop on rare occasions.
Does this bring back memories? We only had a bottle of pop on rare occasions. | Source

YesterdayCafe created this Vintage Family Reunion Invitation and it can be ordered from Zazzle on various products.

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Remember Learning to Cook

Write Your Childhood Memories

Think back to your first experiences preparing food. Was it something simple like making toast or more complex like helping grandma with the pie crust? Perhaps you weren't allowed underfoot in the kitchen so taught yourself to fix food. Did you stand on a chair, wear an apron... set the scene so we can picture it. Tell about the person teaching you to cook and if the experience was fun or otherwise.

Another Photo to Trigger Your Memories

Tell about how you helped in the kitchen as a child.
Tell about how you helped in the kitchen as a child. | Source

Write about being a Chubby Kid

Was Food a Problem for You?

Were you a chubby baby, a plus size kid or had to buy your clothes in the Chubbette department as a teen? Think back to your childhood. Write about any issues you had with food. Maybe you had the reverse problem and were too skinny. Did you have to be encouraged to clean your plate or did your parents try to restrict your eating in some way? How did this make you feel?

1950s Well-Fed Children

Here I am with my sister. Not really that chubby, just well-fed children.
Here I am with my sister. Not really that chubby, just well-fed children. | Source

Write about Your Eating Patterns as a Child

Were you a picky eater? Did you have to sit at the table until you cleaned your plate? Tell about the foods you hated and the ones you loved. What was the yuckiest food?

Describe the cookie jar in the kitchen and tell what kinds of cookies might be in it. Did you fix snacks and what were they? Were you a skinny child or a chubby one?

Did You Have to Clean Your Plate?

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"You'll eat it and you'll like it." Mom had some sayings that got right to the point, like this one.
"You'll eat it and you'll like it." Mom had some sayings that got right to the point, like this one. | Source

Isn't this Retro House Wife Magnet fun! It was created by Whatsbuzzin on Zazzle. You can order them there.

How many of us heard our mom say this in our childhood?

I Hope I Triggered Some Food Memories for You

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      Jim Cleary 

      13 months ago

      Coke was called Pop in Ohio, soda in NY & PA, tonic in the Boston area.

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      jseven 

      3 years ago from Michigan

      Hi Virginia,

      I remember your great articles on Squidoo and eHow! Here we are again but I'm not too active writing these days. Very interesting and nostalgic article!

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      GrammieOlivia 

      4 years ago

      This brought a smile or two to my face. Brought back some memories too! Great hub!

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      Carolan Ross 

      4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This triggered so many memories, Virginia, wow. Here's just one...the Saturday grocery trip when dad gave us our allowance, the Saturday DIME! Yes, a whole dime! And we'd run nextdoor to Kreske's and buy a couple of HUGE candy bars for a nickel each.

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      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      @bornagain16: I'm so glad they were helpful. Please write them down for future.

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      bornagain16 

      5 years ago

      Actually, you really did trigger not some but all my memories back. :)

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      MaggiePowell 

      5 years ago

      Rules in my home were simple.... we don't waste food. Plates were cleaned, even when it meant choking down brussels sprouts and liver.

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