I Had So Much Fun As a Kid,...

I had so much fun as a kid, I remember playing and climbing trees and being way more active then I am now.

evilkittymew evilkittymew
41-45, F
5 Responses Mar 15, 2009

You're obviously very much younger than me. (I'm 52) so our childhoods were in very different eras.<br />
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The one thing that went everywhere with me was my teddy bear.<br />
Inside him was a music box, with a key on the outside of his back. When wound up, it played Brahms' Lullaby.<br />
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Ted, playing his song, got me through the scary things - like having innoculations, visits to the dentist.<br />
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I still have him, fifty-one years after my Dad bought him for me. He's somewhat threadbare in parts, but I still love and treasure him.<br />
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My poor husband was traumatised when, at the age of ten, he returned home from school one afternoon to find that his Mum had, 'tidied-up,' his bedroom and thrown out what she considered junk and given other things away to a charity collection.<br />
Among the things given away was his beloved teddy bear!<br />
His Mum considered him too old at ten to need a teddy!<br />
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Consequently, he collects bears and other cuddlies from charity shops, jumble sales etc, whenevr he sees one he feels needs, 'rescuing.'<br />
As a result, we have a house filled with cuddlies of all sorts.<br />
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My teens weren't especially happy.<br />
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I left school at fifteen, in December 1972 and in January 1974, found myself pregnant.<br />
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My boyfriend - my first great love - dumped me.<br />
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My elder son was born in November 1974, when I was just a month shy of my eighteenth birthday.<br />
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That was the ned of my teens and I've spent the thirty-five years since bringing up children and being a homemaker.<br />
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Responsibility somehow creeps up on you.<br />
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One day you're young and thinking you have an eternity ahead of you, then, all of a sudden, you're in your fifties and wondering where your life went!<br />
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Try to enjoy being young, my friend.<br />
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Stay in touch.<br />
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Meg. xx

Yeah..and when i was a kid i remember my mom and my sister saying how life is so hard and they can't take it anymore and i was so confused, because i thought that life was easy just playing games and running and having fun that's it, but now as a teenager i know that life is difficult and we have to get used to it and move on and if anyone thought that life is going to be easy forever then that's a dream ofcourse :) hah i remember when my best friend was my blanket i loved it so much and i took EVERYWHERE with me to the bathroom, kitchen, street and park.. i miss my childhood, but sometimes there was a lot of sad moments for me. And also if you were a child you will forget every bad things and smile and that's a very good thing it's better than crying and not being tolerant like how adults sometimes do right? they make wars and whatever, but kids.. are so innocent.

I never broke a bone, or needed stitches till I was an adult, but my arms and legs were always covered in bruises, scratches and grazes!<br />
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I live now where I grew up. The houses on this estate have big back gardens and we were always playing in one another's - when we weren't off exploring somewhere.<br />
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My friend, Anne's father worked as gardener at the local golf club. They lived in a lodge at the start of the long driveway leading up to the club house. The drive was wooded and we spent hours playing there.<br />
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Once, a huge old beech tree was brought down by a storm and it was our den for the whole of that Summer.<br />
We were distraught when it was cut up!<br />
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Our younger son is 16 and we allowed hiom a lot more freedom to go places than most of his schholmates.<br />
While most of them were being kept close to home, Calum was walking miles, finding new places, making dens in the company of the few friends who were allowed that much freedom.<br />
The result is that he has a lot more confidence than many of his contemporaries.<br />
He has a keen sense of direction and has never managed to get lost.<br />
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He also has a strong work ethic, doing gardening jobs around the neighbourhood to earn money to pay for what he wants.<br />
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I very much fear that there's going to be a whoile generation of young adults who haven't a clue how to cope without guidance and supervision.<br />
It doesn't bode well for future governments!

I so agree, I miss being told to go outside and play, especially since I had neighborhood kids I was getting kicked outside to go do things with. Even in the 80's there wasn't the whole worry about OMG your going to crack your head open (trust me, I did it) it was an oh well, take her to the hospital. Stitches were nothing, everyone had them at one point in time, and broken bones, well that happened. Kids today are so over protected I wonder how they manage to have any fun at all.

Know what you mean, Kitty!<br />
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As a kid in the nineteen-sixties, we had so much more freedom than most kids today seem to have.<br />
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During the long Summer holiday, we'd be out of the house early and not return till dusk.<br />
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Climbing trees, making dens, exploring, having picnics......<br />
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Most of us came from poor, working class families, so we made our own entertainmentNo all day TV, noe phones in most households, very few families had cars and no-one was paranoid about paedophiles lurking in every corner!<br />
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It may be a case of rose tinted glasses, but I really do think that childhood was simpler back then.