Grateful for My Childhood

Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Eastern inc. RS143922A


Today I have been thinking about what I am grateful for. There are so many things to be thankful for .Speaking to so many people in the last several weeks I must say one  of the things was my childhood



Growing up in a time where your social life was really social . You played with other children not computers , Xboxes or iPpads or IPhones .  I lived in the city we played in the driveways after school and after dinner . We played ball , hopscotch and hoola hoops . We sang songs on the corners went to dances . Life was much more simple then it is today .



If our friends died it was because they fought in the Vietnam War  Not from an overdose of opioid . Yes I am grateful that my Mother and Father taught me respect for my elders and teachers  . I would never think of picking up a gun and shooting others . There were no metal detectors when I went to school . No fear that there would be a mass shooting that children have today . I worry about my grandchildren every time I hear there is a shooting . Is it their school?



Times have changed and change can be good . I look back and I am grateful that I grew up in a  uncomplicated time where life was unpretentious . There is so much good in this world . If  only we could rid this world of the evil . I remember asking my Father what nationality are we he would answer "We are Americans " and for that I am so grateful Pictured above are my sister , me and my my Mom on the far right .

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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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Those were simpler times. I remember hop-scotch, playing school, ball, hide and seek, hula hoops and skipping rope. We had to be called into dinner. There were very few junk foods back then. Meals were healthy. No dessert after every meal either.

Nov 13, 2018 06:26 PM #6
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Debbie Reynolds  we had dessert but it was fresh fruit . My parents would freeze fresh fruit like strawberries  and peaches my father felt it was important to have a balanced meal .  He also loved desert after dinner .

Nov 13, 2018 06:42 PM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Hannah - I think exercises like these challenges reinforce the abundance of thankfulness that exist in our lives. Celebrate daily.

Nov 14, 2018 01:30 AM #8
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

There were a lot of benefits of growing up decades ago. Kids were outside almost all the time. In general I think they were more active and more creative.

Nov 14, 2018 03:20 AM #9
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Hannah.

Sad to say those days of feeling safe are long gone.  What a pity

Nov 14, 2018 03:36 AM #10
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, again, Hannah Williams I love this post... we have the same thoughts.... and the photo you posted is precious and beautiful.... beautiful features in all of you....  

oh, how times have changed and I widh my great grandchildren could have the freedom as they grow up that we one worried about our playing one would harm us... there were no drugs.... no illegal use of times for everyone.... 

Nov 14, 2018 04:54 AM #11
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Hannah. What a poignant and lovely post. I can certainly relate to those times too.

Nov 14, 2018 06:51 AM #12
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Hannah I love your father's response.  We are Americans may we always remember that.

Nov 14, 2018 07:13 AM #13
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Hannah, I love the photo and the post. Thank you for sharing.

Nov 14, 2018 09:36 AM #14
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Hannah,
I am grateful I was born in the era I was..  I am happy with my life now but those were definitely less complicated times.  Perhaps our parents would disagree because they had the responsibility of raising us. But it was a good time to be a child. 

Nov 14, 2018 09:37 AM #15
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Michael Jacobs  yes we do need to celebrate daily

Kat Palmiotti  We played outside instead of on our Ipads it was a different era

James Dray  The only thing we worried about were the cars

Thank you for your input


Nov 14, 2018 10:42 AM #16
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Hannah

I so enjoyed your thankfulness post about your childhood - I bet many can identify with what you had to say. I sure can!! We live in scary times!


Nov 14, 2018 01:12 PM #17
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Barbara Todaro  I tell my grandson about these times and he looks at me in amazement . He loves his electronic devices and although he occasionally will play outdoors He can never comprehend the world we lived in . We were lucky weren't we to have a childhood  free of worries and packed with fun

Sheila Anderson  If I remember right you grew up not far from me . I was in Olney and you in Oak Lane

George Souto  I always wanted a different answer but it was the BEST and I agree with you

Thank you for your input I am thankful






Nov 14, 2018 02:51 PM #18
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Gita Bantwal  The photo was taken in Atlantic City on the Boardwalk there is a horse in the front . I m the little kid in the middle

Carol Williams It was a fun time to grow up  but what did we do without a cell phone ?

Jeff Dowler, CRS  We really do live in scary times .  There are mass shootings everywhere in schools, movies  and even places of worship .I never remember these things happening when I grew up .

Thank you for your input


Nov 14, 2018 03:13 PM #19
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

It is always great to focus on positive in our past and now, in our present.  Thanks for sharing. 

Nov 14, 2018 03:20 PM #20
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

What a lovely photo and post Hannah Williams .  The loss of my brother on Monday has had me re-living much of our childhood this week to remember him.

Nov 14, 2018 06:51 PM #21
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing some of your fond memories. 

The simpler life was pretty good. Neighborhood kids were our constant companions.

Nov 15, 2018 10:13 AM #22
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I am always happy to read about people that had a happy childhood. I didn't get that memo but I did connect well with my parents later in life. 

Nov 15, 2018 03:10 PM #23
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Inna Ivchenko  I look back with fond memories

Lisa Von Domek  I am so sorry about the loss of your brother .You have my deepest sympathy

Roy Kelley  Those were the days  full of friendships and fun

Joe Pryor  I also did not get this memo on you .. we will have ti discuss this some day

Thank you for you input I am Thankful


Nov 16, 2018 11:38 AM #24
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Hannah, A wonderful look back.  It is a different world with more dangers it seems.  Yes life was more social before the social media devices.

Was that a truly horse drawn carriage you were on for the photo?

Nov 26, 2018 12:28 PM #25
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