Memories of My Childhood

Posted on December 3rd, 2013 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Winter Retreat 2013

I took fifteen minutes to write down all the things that I could remember that I loved as a child (3-12 years old.)

Here is part of the list and some notes that I went back and filled in of the specific thing that I loved:

Cotton candy – being given a special treat that was messy and fun to eat

Music – happy memories of car rides, singing songs, always having music to listen to

Television – getting up early to watch cartoons on Saturday morning

Movies – going with my parents

Camping – trips with my parents

Driving – long car rides with parents

Dancing – moving to music

Singing

Humming

Whistling

Walking on the beach with my Dad, feeling free and getting his full attention

Getting donuts with Dad – special Dad and me time

Going to church – the feeling of peace and hope that I get when I am there

Singing at church – it’s the only place I feel comfortable singing out loud in front of others and it makes me think of my Dad singing at church

Praying – strong feelings of faith, hope and peace

Playing – playing alone with toys and making believe to pass the time

Making mud pies – being told to go outside and play

Gardening – special time with Dad, time in the backyard

Watering the lawn – being given a responsibility, fun on hot days

Going for walks – always fun with parents, it was exercise and relaxing

Taking pictures – capturing images of things I want to remember

Cutting flowers – on nature walks, just because they are so pretty

Having fresh flowers

Giving flowers

Making gifts

Crafts – art projects, painting, working with my hands, creating things that last

Writing – putting my thoughts on paper, using ink and pen on paper, using my hands, expressing myself

Calligraphy

Hugs and kisses – being affectionate, showing and being shown physical love

Writing letters – correspondence, expressing self

Getting post cards – getting attention, exploring the world outside of myself

Seeing rainbows – little miracles of color

Counting stars – little miracles of light

Wishing on a star – reminders of hope

Seeing shooting stars – memories of hot summer nights

Seeing the sunset – always a treat

The sunrise – a new day rises every day

Fishing – trying to learn something that my Daddy wanted to teach me

Hiking – being outdoors

Campfires – being with family

Easter  Bunny – childhood fun

Santa Calus – special memories, being spoiled, believing in magic

Parties – celebrations were always going on at home

Playing games with my parents – being included in things the adults were doing

Visiting family

Roses and Nana’s garden

Auntie Bessie’s oatmeal cookies, tortillas, sopapillas, empanadas

Visiting Auntie Beni in San Diego

I asked myself – in what ways can I add to my life more of what used to give me joy and what still can?

I can embrace a youthful attitude and remind myself of the things that brought me joy as a child that still do to this day. I can reintroduce the simple traditions that I enjoyed with my parents into my daily life. I can go on walks and nature hikes, walks on the beach, and long drives to visit friends and family. I can garden and cut fresh flowers. I can take pictures and capture images of things I want to remember. I can make things for the joy of using my hands and creating something that will last. I can sing out, hum, and whistle joyfully in praise and just for fun. I can make the holidays and celebrations special by doing special things for my loved ones.

I thought about – what is one specific change in my life I can easily make so that I can bask in the kind of joy children savor?

I can get outside more and enjoy nature. Not just in the summer. I can go on walks and really make an effort to spend time in the yard. I can go to church, pray, and sing embracing my spirituality.

picture belongs to Melissa Reyes image copyright 2013 http://mizmeliz.com

Above is a picture of me with my Mom. I was four years old. I remember this day perfectly. I was so glad when I found this picture because I had been thinking about it being one of my earliest memories. I hated this picture when I was a kid because I am crying and licking my tears. But now I love it!

I was with my parents at my Dad’s company picnic. It was a hot summer day. There were games for the kids and I was in a sack race. I won a prize. When my Mom took me to get the prize, a clown stopped us to take a picture. I burst out in tears. I was afraid of clowns, and this one in particular had squirted with me with water from a toy camera earlier in the day. My Mom was laughing and trying to get me to stop crying for this picture. I was terrified and couldn’t explain why. Plus I was oddly interested in the taste of my own tears. I remember the soft material of the jumper that I was wearing that day and how it was my favorite. I remember my Mom holding me and me clinging to her for dear life. I remember being glad I won the prize and how mad I was at that clown.

Now when I look at this picture, I see my Mom’s smile and I feel how much she loved me and cared for me. I realize that I am about the same age now that she was in the picture. I can’t imagine having a little girl now! How did she do it?

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3 responses to “Memories of My Childhood”

  1. I should do this as well, it is fun to remember the fun things in life. Great memories!

  2. It's A Lovely Life says:

    I want to do this. I forget all the simple things that made me happy as a child. It would be fun to look back at them all…

  3. Ann Odle says:

    What a great list of memories; and I agree, that is a wonderful picture, just loaded with memories too.

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