Very Thankful for Simple Childhood Memories

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Very Thankful for Simple Childhood Memories

It is so much fun and interesting reading the posts for Debbie Reynolds' November Thanksgiving Challenge. The other day as I read some of the member’s posts about their families and growing up, I thought about my own child riding bikechildhood.

 

My childhood could not have been more simple partly because I was born in a simpler time. We had only 3 television channels, a landline phone, family around for Sundays and holidays, and played outside all day on Saturdays and in the evenings until it got dark.

 

Sunday dinners and holiday meals meant at least 25 people. Everything was homemade, including my grandmother’s apple, lemon, and chocolate pies. My mother always made our birthday cakes and they were never from a box...3 layers, two chocolate and one vanilla with homemade chocolate icing.

My toys were simple as were most toys back then. I had a Tiny Tears, Tinker Toys (loved them), and a Betsy Wetsy. But my very favorite activity was riding my bicycle/horse. I tied a rope to my bike/horse and loved to pull up to the old hitchin’ post (workhorse) just like Roy and Dale (as in Evans) did.

 

I remember begging my mother to let me walk home from school and she finally relented. It was a time when it was safe enough for my childhood friend and me to take the bus into downtown Houston.

 

Every afternoon I was busy with Brownies, piano lessons, tap, ballet, or acrobats. When I got home, there was always homemade iced tea and cookies. (I can’t drink milk)

 

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

 

In many ways, today’s youth have so many things that we did not have growing up...more cable channels than you could ever watch, advanced medical care, smartphones, music and movies on demand, and Amazon!

 

kathy and charles That’s my cousin Charles up front! Even then, I had bangs.

 

 

But I still treasure my very simple childhood.

 

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Kathy Streib
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Donald Urschalitz I think we're lucky because there are so many people who have cousins but never even met them. 

Carol Williams Times have changed and while there are so many good things about today, I'm grateful for the foundation that my childhood gave me! 

Nov 09, 2018 10:16 AM #16
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Brian England it has now become a way of life, hasn't it?   I'm glad there are organizations like Big Brother. 

Myrl Jeffcoat you're not kidding. I overheard mothers talking recently and it was like a game to see which parent had the busier schedule for their child. 

 

Nov 09, 2018 10:22 AM #17
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel it's such a shame that some parents are happy to have the computer babysit and entertain their children. It's wonderful when a parent takes the time to guide their children.

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents I'm laughing so hard because I fed so much water to my Betsy Wetsy her legs fell off. At least I think it was her, or it could have been another doll that I thought you could give a bottle of water to. 

Nov 09, 2018 10:28 AM #18
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Michael Jacobs I love reading these kinds of posts.

Nina Hollander one thing I could never get into was paper dolls. I didn't have the patience to cut out the dresses. 

Nov 09, 2018 10:31 AM #19
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Oh Kathy Streib I loved reading about your simple childhood!  I I can just see you riding your 'horse' and feeling so good!  My Mom used to say - just be in before it gets dark - or else!!!!

Nov 09, 2018 10:44 AM #20
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I love this post Kathy Streib  when I tell my grandson Aidan that when I was his age we did not have IPads or Computers . We went outside and played . I tell him about all the fun we had . That was our Social Network . Later he tells me how proud I would be of him as he had fun outdoors with other  kids .  --Really how lucky were we learned to love people .

Nov 09, 2018 12:45 PM #21
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Kathy I remember well those simpler times.  And can you imagine if you told a kid today they needed to use an operator to make a call?  They probably would not know what an operator is!!! ....... LOL

Nov 09, 2018 04:46 PM #22
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Kathy not only do I remember the simpler times and life, more importantly I miss those days... we are inundated with must haves don't needs on so many levels that by the end of the day we are all exhausted from it...Endre

Nov 09, 2018 05:28 PM #23
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Kathy, I think that a simple childhood is just about the best gift possible!  Kids today don't know what they are missing!

Nov 09, 2018 07:52 PM #24
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Mmmm...frosted ginger snaps. chocolate chip...Tiny Tears...did you live on our street ? 

Nov 09, 2018 10:23 PM #25
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Morning Kathy.

Back in my youth, things were so simple compared to what they are today. Sad to say, they will never return.

Nov 10, 2018 02:44 AM #26
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LOVED this. And I related to so much of it. I have photos of myself on similar amusement park rides. My favorite doll was Thumbelina and then it was Baby Secret. There was a lot about way back then that was better than today. 

Nov 10, 2018 02:44 PM #27
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Hi, Kathy!  I included this post in today's "Last Week's Favorites on ActiveRain.

Nov 11, 2018 01:04 PM #28
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Beautiful memories of a gentler kinder time. Family is so important and the love we used to share with family was precious Cannot put a price on it

Nov 11, 2018 10:49 PM #29
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Good morning Kathy - your post has given me an idea now.  I remember all of those dolls because my sister had them.  And she also took piano lessons.  There is so much to be thankful for growing up as a Baby Boomer in America.

Nov 12, 2018 05:37 AM #30
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Boy oh boy did you stir up some memories with this post. My favorites were American Bricks, no idea where they are, Lincoln Logs, still have them, Hot wheels, still love them, and my Lionel train set, still have. 

Nov 12, 2018 06:13 AM #31
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It was a very nurturing enviornment to grow up in.   

Nov 12, 2018 05:13 PM #32
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Ahh, it did seem simpler when we were children! I remember going out after chores, and not coming back till dinner time. The neighborhood parents could always find us if we were needed at home. My favorite toy was my tonka truck! We used to build things and climb trees and go fishing with a stick/string and a safety pin, digging up worms in our yard. We'd ride our bikes miles away to a park. We had channels 2-13 on the TV, and one summer it broke and we went for about 4 months with no TV and were no worse for it. When I was in high school, a computer took up an entire room. 

Thanks for your post!

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Loved your stories, although I'm a little older, mine was similar in many ways. Today I still see/have friends from elementary school, including kindergarten...we all agree we grew up at the best of times! 

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So true - a simpler time indeed.  I like your "unfriend" comment - LOL!  Walk away!  I remember having a Thumbelina doll.  My step-dad built a tractor with a trailer that he would drive around our neighborhood for us to ride in on Halloween to trick or treat.  It was loud and fun!  Great post and walkdown memory lane, thank you Kathy!

Nov 16, 2018 01:36 PM #35
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