Beyond the books–Things I miss about being a kid

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Beyond the Books is a weekly meme hosted at Kissin’BlueKaren. Beyond the Books is a weekly meme of mostly non-bookish topics. Share the link to your blog post at her site and we all have fun learning about each other. For more information and future topics.

I’m participating in the Beyond the Books meme when I can think of answers to the questions! I like finding out more about other bloggers. It’s fun to share a few non-bookish things about ourselves. This week the topic is things I miss about being a kid.

Small town living

I grew up in a small town and walked or rode my bike all over town. A great feeling of freedom.

Freedom to wander

Living on a hill.  We lived on a hill on the last road above the town and there were only a few houses around us. (Now that hill is completely covered with houses and the town and county have grown and grown.) There weren’t too many kids living close to us, but there were two sisters around my age and we played together a lot when we weren’t in school. In the summer we often met up early in the morning and wandered the hillside all day long–not coming home until dinner sometimes.

Wandering with my dog. Sometimes I would wander the hillside with just my dog. She was a Brittany Spaniel (similar to a Springer Spaniel) and she loved to run along the hillside. Occasionally we would scare a deer or rabbit and off she would go!

Sledding. Since we lived on a hill when there was snow the sledding was great. Lots of kids would come around our hill to sled and we sometimes stayed all day long.

The cliff and river. We lived a couple blocks from a cliff with a river at the bottom. We weren’t supposed to go there, but, of course, we did! We found ways to climb around on the rocks, climb down to the river (which was deep and swift) and play by the river. (Makes me shudder now thinking about my kids around something like that at that age.) I remember once picking a bunch of cattails to give to my Mom. When I got back home it dawned on me that the cattails  only grew along and in the water. If I gave them to Mom she would know where I had been. So I took them apart until there was fuzz all over the grass. I remember Mom and Dad wondering what in the world had gotten into the yard! Of course, I didn’t say a word.

Weather

Since we lived on a hill we could see for miles. I loved watching storms rolling in. That’s how it looked–like the weather was rolling closer and closer. I miss seeing the weather like that.

The wonder of summer

Summers were the very best. Long days outside. The weather was usually warm after a cold night. I loved laying on my back on the grass just watching the sky and the clouds–seeing shapes in the clouds– and daydreaming. Maybe falling asleep in the warm sun. I would sometimes sleep outside on a summer night on our deck under the stars–looking at all the stars. Having one of our cats (indoor-outdoor cats) come and sleep with me. That was bliss.

The library

Reading. Another vivid memory is visiting the library with my Mom (and then having her read the books to me) when I was small and walking to the library myself when I was older. I loved to spend hours just walking through the aisles smelling the books…lol…and browsing and finding new authors and books to read. Even though I spent a lot of time outside I managed to read a lot, too.

Many other memories

Of course, there are many more memories–learning to cook and bake, camping in the mountains during the summer, fishing with my parents, visiting my grandparents who lived on a ranch and riding horseback with my cousins.

So many great memories! What about you? What did you like best about being a kid?

 

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

6 thoughts on “Beyond the books–Things I miss about being a kid”

  1. What a wonderful post! I love how you went with good memories. It gives a picture of your childhood. When I was growing up in the 80s we weren’t allowed to wander as much – stranger danger was already a thing – but my husband who is 10 years older has crazy stories of some of the things they did! In so many ways the worlds our kids grow up in are so much smaller than the what we were allowed to do. And the cattails story made me laugh. Your parents had to be wondering what had happened. Did they ever figure it out?

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  2. Such a nice post! I love to wander down memory lane 🙂

    I grew up in a city environment, a borough of NYC, but have good memories of my own childhood too. I won’t bother to go into detail here, but we also were allowed to wander and didn’t worry about strangers and other danger very much. We went outside in the summer and stayed out all day sometimes!

    I did live as an adult, two different times, in a setting very similar to your childhood town, and I miss the lovely, peaceful times spent in those back yards…

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  3. This is a great topic this week! It’a amazing the stuff we did as kids that maybe wouldn’t fly now. 🙂 And summer was the best as a kid- having all day to run and play, watching meteor showers. Good times. We would ride our bikes all over (and no helmets!).

    Funny story about the cattails!

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  4. The summers seemed so long back then. When my son had summer vacation all I could think about was how short it seemed. The library is also a wonderful memory for me too! I loved your post. 🙂

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