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Small - Town Girl

The first ten years of my life were spent in a little town in the middle of pretty much nowhere, in North Dakota.  We had all the freedom in the world, it seemed, in that place & time!  We played outside all day, whatever the season, lots of horseback - riding in summer, & building snow forts in winter.  When any of us kids had a birthday, every other kid in town was invited over for games, gifts, & of course cake & ice cream!  All the adults were good, trustworthy people, well - known to each other & to the kids.  We all felt safe & happy in the warm embrace of our little town.  Then our family moved away on account of Dad's job, and things just kind of went downhill from there. ... My parents have both been gone for some while now, &  of my siblings, my younger sister only last year,  & would give anything now to relive just one of those days back in our hometown, when everything was an adventure, and life was lived only in the glorious present moment!
QueenIzabella QueenIzabella 56-60 6 Responses Mar 20, 2012

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Excellent picture into a better world.

Safety and happiness of the past are key freedoms that have been lost to many of today's generation.

I remember as a youngster roller skating on roads and pavements throughout the area where we lived and my parents never worried that I would be abducted by a paedophile! Play opportunities for children took priority over the road use by relatively low motor vehicle use.

As a teenager I could use the underground to travel to central London including Soho. There was no fear of being mugged or attacked for expensive phones or ipods as what we owned was generally the fare and meal money in our pockets :)

Good story. I grew up in a small town in eastern Washington State, similar to N Dakota in a lot of ways. Then my mother got a divorce and a "custody" decision and took us to a big city. Evil feminist agenda, children are pawns in the "support" racket.

My family moved to a "city" also, for my dad's job, it was a "culture shock" that, in some ways, I've wondered if I've ever totally gotten over!

I remember my days in Indiana with the same fondness. Holidays were especially special, with aunts and uncles of the WWII generation everywhere. They were like gods with small g's. I never took my brothers and sisters as seriously. Holidays are sad for me now because they remind me of what is lost and will never be again. You know what though, maybe we're full of crap. I really like having you as a friend on here, and I didn't have that when I was ten. I've dropped off this system twice, and each time you pop up as a friend. Maybe that's what I should think about instead.

There's nothing wrong with "indulging" in an occasional bout of "nostalgia," after all, it's "part & "parcel" of what has made us who we are! Still, one certainly cannot "live in the past," so it's all a matter of keeping all things in balance & perspective! Blessed be, my dear, I'm glad you're here!

I am back in my home town, but while still nice, it is nothing like it was when I was a child. We moved here in1956 when I was 6. It was a sleepy little beach town with a year round population of 7,000 that gre to aver 55,000 in the summer. Now it has 10,000 year round and 20,000 in the summer.Park, the huge amusement park of my youth was sold and dismantled in 1985. Condos were built where it once stood. Occasionally,I run into an acquaintance from high school but I have little to no contact with my old close friends. I have made new friends and I am enjoying my retirement, though I didnt chose to retire, but got sick and had to. I am enjoying life these days!

Enjoyed your post my friend. I grew up exactly as you explaine except it was in Maryland. If I could turn back time to any point in my life it would be then. Life was simple and people were good. Today's generation with all their fancy gadget's in life will never have a clue to what they missed. My Best.

It would be hard to be a "youngster" these days, I would think. Change used to come slowly & gradually, now we are constantly bombarded with new technology & an overwhelming amount of information.

Here's to Auld Lange Syne, days gone by!

Sounds like you have some wonderful memories. Have many of my own in regards to my family, mom passed away last year, dad is still alive but late in his years now but do have some fond memories with family like yours

When my Dad died in 1981, I was not quite 31. My Mom had Alzheimers. I lived in the same town and my sister still lives in China, so I decided to pay her back for all that she did for me. I moved her in with us,and with the help of my family, took care of her for 6 years, until we could not physically care for her anymore. It was horrible to watch her get weaker,lose her memory and eventually her mind. She died in a nursing home in 1994, not knowing who she was. I choose now to remember the vibrant, loving, caring Mother of my youth. She is in my heart and mind always!