My friend Sizzle recently wrote a lovely post, where she shared a random sampling of her memories. And even though I have such problems with remembering my childhood, I thought it would be a good exercise to try and come up with a list from mine. And not just any list. A bonefide list of happy memories from my childhood. And not ones sent to me by my childhood best friend, either.
Here we go.
– The smell of honeysuckle as they weaved their way through my Oma’s chainlink fence
– Making a friend on the beach in Ocean City and walking her back to her condo, and then her walking me back to mine, and then me walking her back, and seeing how long we could get away with that game
– Salt spray on my face as I looked up from my parent’s sailboat at the underbelly of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge
– Being hilariously tricked by my aunt and uncle, who convinced us they had ridden their new bikes 30 miles to our house (when in fact they had driven them over in their truck, only to unload them and ride them from just around the corner)
– Writing my thoughts and dreams in a Hello Kitty diary
– Staying home sick and my mother surprising me with a homemade stuffed doll to make me feel better
– Swinging in my Oma’s green hammock
– Getting my first camera for Christmas, a Kodak “brownie” at age 8
– Turning our Big Wheels over and riding them like stationary bikes on the porch
– Playing dolls and other secret girl things with Jenny under the arches of her parent’s Forsthia bushes
– Fighting over the chair at Oma’s dinner table that allowed us to see the TV through the mirror in the hall
– Buying my first tape… Thriller by Michael Jackson
– Eating spagetti eis with my cousins in Germany
– Listening to my Oma snore like a freight train when she would spend the night, and sleep in my room
– Waiting for the “Bump” – a huge dip in the road that would make us fly into the air – on the way to German lessons
– Going for candy at the local mom & pop store during “adult swim” at the YMCA
– Making homemade ice cream in Aunt Kitty’s backyard
It was actually possible.
How about you?