Thankful for My Very Simple Childhood

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Thankful for My Very Simple Childhood

 

I am a Baby Boomer and had the good fortune to grow up when, for the most part, childhoods were simple. And, for that, I am very thankful.thankful

 

Growing up in Houston with my family...aunts and uncles, cousins, grandparents...nearby I was never at a loss for someone to play with.

 

Summer vacation began right after Memorial Day and we did not go back to school until after Labor Day. Basically, we had 3 months to goof off, sleep late, and get into all sorts of trouble.

 

We went to Vacation Bible School for a few weeks each summer but the only thing I remember was the vanilla graham cookies and the small glass of grapefruit juice they gave us. (weird combination but I liked it!)

 

On Saturdays, we played outside all day until we had to go in for dinner. After dinner, we went back outside to play until it got dark.

 

We played football in the front yard on Sundays and when it rained, we played board games inside.

Instead of playing games created by someone out in Simi Valley that required batteries or a plug, we made up our own games.

 

I didn’t have a prefab dollhouse so I made one using all of the books from the huge bookcase we had. The morning was spent designing the house so by the time I was finished, I had lost all interest in playing with my dolls.

 

My social media was my neighborhood, the playground, Sunday School or the classroom. To "unfriend" someone, all we had to do was walk away.

 

Pizza was homemade as was most everything else I ate. Every cake, cookie, and pie I ate was homemade. And being the good Texas household, we made our own iced tea, complete with lemon and sugar.

 

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                             I'm the one trying to shove the egg in her mouth. What else is new?!

 

As much as I love the technology we have today, I am eternally thankful that my childhood was spent in ignorant bliss where my biggest concern was what dessert we were having for Sunday dinner.

 

This is an entry in Debbie Reynold's 12 Days of Thanks Giving 2017 Active Rain Challenge.

 

 

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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Like you, I grew up in a simple working class home.  I am also very grateful for it, and the values that were provided there.

Nov 13, 2017 09:07 AM #17
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Hi Kathy -- what a thoughtful post --- your sharing of memories is a reminder of things I remember too --- even if I never been a Chinese-American girl growing up in 1960s Texas.   

Nov 13, 2017 10:03 AM #18
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Joe Pryor
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I am glad for you that yours was simple. Mine was anything but simple.

Nov 13, 2017 11:08 AM #19
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Hi Kathy - Your post really took me back to times when being a kid was easy fun. It seems so much harder now.

Nov 13, 2017 12:13 PM #20
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Awwww what a lovely post Kathy!  I love that picture - so darn cute - of all of you kids! And yes, life was simplier in those days or it sure seems like it to me!!

Nov 13, 2017 01:11 PM #21
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Kathy,

 I grew up in San Antonio and it was pretty much the same way! We did have great childhoods here in Texas.

Nov 13, 2017 02:35 PM #22
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Barbara Todaro don't you love how simple our childhoods were!

James Dray Was it near Gulfgate Mall? 

faye schubert I'm in total agreement with you. Our children will be skilled technically but I worry about the ability to create, discover, and want to be innovative. 

Nov 13, 2017 04:35 PM #23
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Lise Howe wasn't it a wonderful time!  

Donald Urschalitz do you remember all of the Saturday morning westerns and cartoons?  

Dorie Dillard that's even better!!!  

Nov 13, 2017 04:39 PM #24
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Wayne Martin I can't imagine being a child in today's world. So many pressures that we didn't have. 

Pat Champion Thank you! I wish that all children could have a happy and stress-free childhood. 

Liz and Bill Spear isn't it telling that when you drive through neighborhoods now, you rarely see children out playing in the street or yards. 

 

Nov 13, 2017 04:46 PM #25
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Brian England I have no idea. I hated having my picture taken so I'm sure I was being a clown.

Joan Cox I forgot about jump rope! I could never get the hang of it but I kept trying. 

 

 

 

Nov 13, 2017 04:48 PM #26
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Sharon Tara I agree. Now if our children go outside we watch them like a hawk. 

LOL Sheila Anderson was it because I had my mouth open? LOL

Will Hamm I tried mastering my grandmother's home made pies but could never get the hang of making pie crusts. 

 

Nov 13, 2017 04:51 PM #27
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel I didn't see my first firefly until after I met Larry and we were on vacation in Kansas!  

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents I'm sorry you had to have that in your life. But you and I are similar in that I love weiners and beans and during season, I eat at least a peach every day. 

Nov 13, 2017 04:54 PM #28
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Myrl Jeffcoat you know, I wouldn't have had it any other way. 

Michael Jacobs Ahhhh but you would have fit in well with our family!!!  

Joe Pryor well, good doesn't have to be simple!

Dick Greenberg you know, there's something very special about the time we grew up in. 

Nov 13, 2017 04:58 PM #29
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Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI today's children have so many after-school activities and sports that they don't have time to just "be."

Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert I remember going to Fiesta and the beautiful zoo in San Antonio. 

James Dray you need to go back and visit!

 

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Kathy

That was a great way to grow up . . . .

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 13, 2017 07:01 PM #31
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Hi Kathy,  We had very similar experiences in our childhood.  It was a simplier time back then.  I spent a lot of my energy trying to make and save money so I could go to college.  I had a dream.

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I agree. And your childhood sounds wonderful.

For me, it was hanging out around the woods in Alaska, exploring trails and playing in Nature. Life was pretty simple. D

Nov 14, 2017 06:50 AM #33
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Sunday was the day we got dessert and I so identify with everything being homemade. That is how I learned to cook, watching, helping and doing. Thanks for sharing your blessings.

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Hi Kathy

What wonderful memories, and a fun step back in time. I remember those simple times. The things we did to amue ourselves without all sort of gadgets, electronics and toys. We played outside for hours and only came in, reluctantly, to eat or go to bed.

Jeff

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  A different lifetime....than any child spends today where everything has to be plugged in all the time and home made anything is a rarity...unfortunate...oh for the "good old days"!

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