March 17, 2012

When I was your age

I watched Jem and Muppet Babies. I liked Michael Jackson and had a puffy sticker book.

boys

When I was your age I had friends that smoked. I had friends that stole. But they never did around me, so maybe they only said they did, but I believed them.

I took my lunch to school every day, in a box with a thermos but sometimes I'd get Capri Suns. I was secretly afraid of buying school cafeteria food, because what if I didn't like it? It didn't look or smell very good. And I wouldn't know how to "do it" with the tray and the line and all that. I bought my lunch once in middle school, and by the time I was in high school I bought almost every day. It wasn't scary at all, actually, and usually tasted okay.

Tree climbers

When I was your age I lost my Gram, and never knew one of my grandfathers, and you still have all of yours. I never thought I'd be able to go on without Gram. I can't imagine how hard that was for my parents.

I loved church when the services went over late on Sunday nights in the summer. I had a really old typewriter and then got an electric one for Christmas. I wrote a story about a boy and the first kiss I was always wishing for.

ivy in a tree

When I was your age we didn't have to drive someplace so that I could climb trees. They were in my backyard. And in all my friends' yards. But even still you knew how to climb the first time you came upon a limb low enough.

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  1. I wish I remembered more about when I was little. Maybe that's why I'm so obsessive about recording our stories(theirs and mine, for me and for them). I know I'll forget some but I want to remember as much as I can.

    And that house with the barn cat? It has trees? :-)

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    1. I keep wondering how I should update about the barn cat house. We decided to get our house ready and then see what we think of it then, if it's still waiting for us. One biggie for me is that it's attached to 37 acres that are FOR SALE. :( I'd be sick if we bought that view and then it sold to and was zoned and built on.

      Steph

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  2. This is so sweet. Do your kids ask you about yourself when you were little?

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    1. They do! Usually when stalling at bedtime. :)

      Steph

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  3. A great idea, Steph. One that I might have to steal. ;)

    I had puffy stickers too. They were SO COVETED.

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  4. I had a puffy sticker book as well :)

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  5. this post makes me want to write all the things I remember from my child hood.

    (the lunch line was one of my fears too)



    you will sell your house and then you can move into our neighborhood :)

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  6. The lunch line was one of my fears to.. Your pictures are great! Lan said it was beautiful there today, warm, no humidity, everyone out walking dogs, riding bikes, having fun. It was 91 and humid here... To hot for March!

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  7. BEAUTIFUL! And what a glorious day it was yesterday!

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  8. Oh, what a lovely post! And as always, your photos are stunning.

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  9. ha! love it.. I've been re-thinking my childhood a lot lately too.. seems watching your own kidlets invent their own in good inspiration for that mind frame!
    (and.. I LIVED in trees as a kid) ;o)
    Have a great weekend Steph!
    Mel
    needle and nest

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  10. Puffy stickers! I think I still have my book somewhere. This is perfection, I may have to steal it as well.

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  11. OMG I was so scared of not doing the lunch line right too! And I was hugely obsessed with Lisa Frank, WOW. Funny how these things start flowing back to you when you really start to think of them!

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  12. Oh, how I love this. What a fantastic way to share a slice of our stories with our kids.

    (Also? Yes. I had friends that did things that would breakmyheartintotinypieces if I thought that my kids would ever - do you know what my heart means?

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  13. This is a beautiful post, I love the details!!! I have one that I started as a "A letter to my kids" that I started in for the new year ... with "When I was your age to each of them... " but I ran out of steam about hood #5... I should pick it up and finish it - it was really fun to write!!!

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  14. You put your kids in the cutest clothes! And I love your memories. Beautiful post!

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  15. I love this! It brought me back.

    The other day Ryan said something about the good ol' days and Asher said, Yeah, but these are the good new days!

    Love.

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  16. My Gramps often shares his "when I was your age" stories, but they're kind of abrasive. I love him (and his stories) but this version of when I was your age was much, much softer. Kinder. I loved it.

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  17. I was just having this conversation with my kids. Love these words.

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  18. Jem! Hahahaha! I LOVED that show growing up... so funny :)

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  19. I am a new follower of your blog! I love it.

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  20. I bought all of Jem on Amazon and my 8 year old daughter is totally hooked. Jem! She's truly truly truly outrageous!! Glad someone else remembers her!!

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  21. Oh this took me back to those puffy stickers and climbing trees and my grandma's house. Remember the puffy stickers that had googly eyes? Always felt so lucky to find one of those :).

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  22. LOVE this. They are getting so big!

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  23. It's always nice to remember our childhood. It seems you remember a lot.

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  24. This is lovely. Isn't it amazing to think that at one time, taking Capri Suns in your school lunch was REALLY special? :)

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  25. And you know, our kids don't even know what a wired phone is, a cassette tape, and gobs of other stuff. :)

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  26. I loved Jem!!!!!! Yikes, all of this is sooooo true. Even scarier that they can use technology better than our grandparents (and some of us) at a very young age!

    PS. I just nominated you for a Versatile Blogger award! Swing by my blog to pick it up :)

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