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 childhood.
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!
That’s my cousin Charles up front! Even then, I had bangs.
But I still treasure my very simple childhood.