May 19, 2008

The Kid In Me

Every night before bed the boys want to hear stories about when I was a little girl. It fascinates them that once I was little like them, and that little version of me is much more interesting than the big me. Carter specifically appreciates these tales the most and will even ask other adults if they have children, and if they tell them stories of when they were a little girl or boy.

I have the happiest memories of playing at McDonald's playgrounds (they used to be outdoors!) and walking to school through the woods by our house. Composing stories on my musty typewriter in my bedroom. Decorating my Barbie Dreamhouse and dancing to Wham! and Neil Diamond in front of my Mom's big dresser mirror.

I am still filled up every day with more happiness, this time of my own children's memories, often wondering just what they'll cherish as good times and someday whisper to their sons or daughters as they tuck them into bed.

There may be a silver hair or two, laugh lines and tired eyes on the outside, but there will always be a kid in me.


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21 comments:

  1. thanks for stopping by, and thanks for your lovely comment!

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  2. So sweet! Carter looks just like you in that top pic!

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  3. I remember that slide! I was devastated when they tore that down! Love the picture of you eating a snow cone with Carter. Too cute!

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  4. That is sooooo great that you tell your boys stories of when you were little. Janice and I do that sometimes too... Janice more so than I... and Jackson sometimes tells me about stuff that I did with his mom when we were little. It's funny because some of the stories I don't even remember until he reminds me.

    Love the pictures!

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  5. Roo's been asking "when you were little" questions but her daddy is way better at embellishing on those than I am!

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  6. I remember when Terry asked loads of questions of my mother and also me about when I was a kid. I think they find it hard to believe their parents were ever kids and the stories help them link to the past. I think I told you the story about Joey figuring out that Gram was my mother. Then he thought if I being his mother was his "boss", then Gram was the "boss" of me and he decided he'd go to the top "boss" who might be more willing to let him do whatever it was he wanted.

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  7. William has been asking me "when you were a little girl" questions all the time now... I'm enjoying the memories and bringing them to life again!

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  8. Cute! My kids love to hear stories of my husband as a kid too!

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  9. That's so cute! I have fond memories of the woods around my childhood home too.

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  10. That is a great idea to tell your kids about your childhood memories. The only stories my kids love to hear so far is their birth story! Great picture too, I can see the kid in you!

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  11. Great picture and great story! Love your entry!

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  12. One of my best memories was walking through the woods to school too. Now even if there were any woods left to walk to school, I don't think we'd let our kids walk, not by themselves anyway. I often wonder what memories will be special to my boys too, it's all about the simple things.

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  13. What a great post! That snowcone looks yummy and makes me remember that I can't wait until summer!! Cute pictures!

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  14. You're such a fun Mom! I feel like all the fun has been sucked out of me lately. I cannot wait for summer! My kids really don't ask.

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  15. I used to play for hours with the Barbie Dreamhouse! And my sister and I would spend endless amounts of time singing to 45's on the record player. Ours had these three lights that flashed to the music- awesome!

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  16. What memories Steph - beautiful Memories! I remember those things too...

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  17. I'm so glad you had fun memories of your childhood. I remember that slide at McD's like it were yesterday. It didn't take much to make you guys happy. I will have to get the Barbie's out of the attic for your little girl.

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  18. I remember when McDonald's playgrounds were outdoors! What a great post and that bottom photo is so cute!

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  19. Great photos! I played in those fast food playgrounds too (and loved it), but now I can't imagine taking my daughter there...too many germs! But I guess there were germs back then too...

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  20. I tell Keanen stories all the time and of course he has a million questions afterwards but I love sharing.

    I think it's great you share with your kids too. It will make your relationship with them closer.
    Amy

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