Throwback Thursday — Childhood Fun

TT.2-11-2016Hi and Happy Thursday.  Today I have a great picture for Throwback Thursday.  My sister Cindy and I are on the swing set in our backyard.  I am the one upside down.

My sister, my brother, and I loved to play in this back yard.  I don’t remember how I happened to be upside down, but I love that I was.  We had so much fun and made so many memories.  We were able to walk to school since we were so close.

I love how this picture sums up childhood, when life was simple, we had no worries except for when dinner time was, and getting our homework done.  My family also had chores to do around the house and we always had to listen and eat what was served.

Still, it was so carefree.  I only wish my younger self had known to savor each and every moment of being a kid.  Now I look back fondly and wish that I had, but it’s hard to see at the time.  Since life was pretty good, I could have taken things for granted. Our parents helped us to not do that.

I was quite shy as a child, almost painfully so.  Needless to say, I was a late bloomer and took things at my own pace.  Things worked out at the right time for me, but it did take time and I thank my parents for helping me along and helping me to find myself.

I had a real and fun childhood and am so thankful to my parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles who were a part of that.  I also appreciate our pastors, teachers, Camp Fire leaders, Vacation Bible School and Sunday School teachers, and all other adults who helped me to become who I am today.

Now that I am a parent, my husband and I are trying to give Ian the best childhood we can.  That doesn’t mean saying yes to everything that he asks for or giving him all that he wants.  Instead, it means having plenty of time to play, complete his homework, help around the house, enjoy the library, Cub Scouts, having plenty of food, and so much more.

I am aware that some families don’t have that.  We are teaching that to Ian as well and to have him be cognizant of others and be helpful.  We had a food drive last week at school and Ian helped me choose the food and deliver it to school.  And, at Christmas, he chose gifts for a boy on our Angel Tree at church.  He is already learning and I am so grateful.

There are a few things that I think children need to know they are loved and safe:

  • Unconditional love
  • Discipline given in love not anger or hate
  • Routine and consistency
  • Regular and healthy meals
  • Running water that is safe to shower in and drink
  • Parents and other adults who want the best for them
  • Time to play
  • Learning to read
  • Being told I Love You
  • Being read to
  • Being listened to
  • Having family traditions
  • A quality education
  • A safe living environment
  • Knowing they can count on their parents

May we be able to provide this for our children.  If we can’t on our own, may we seek help from others.  And, may we always love them and take care of them.

I will close with a few quotes about childhood.  May we as parents enjoy it with our children.

  • “There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence
  • “Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows.” ~ John Betjeman
  • “Childhood is the most beautiful of all life’s seasons.” ~ Author Unknown
  • “In childhood, we press our nose to the pane, looking out. In memories of childhood, we press our nose to the pane, looking in.” ~ Robert Brault
  • “It is never too late to have a happy childhood.” ~ Tom Robbins

Happy 45th Sesame Street!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThis morning on Good Morning America, they announced that Sesame Street is celebrating its 45th season on television!  Yeah! This has been one of my favorite shows for many, many years! I was one of the first children to watch this fabulous show.  I loved learning the letters and numbers and all of the fun that the characters had.

To me the people were always as fun as the muppets. People I liked were Bob, Gordon, Maria, Luis, Mr. Hooper, and now Alan. Bob has been on the show since its debut on November 10, 1969.  He was my absolute favorite for a while.

This photo is of all of the Sesame Street characters in Ian’s collection.  From left are: Grover, Elmo, Big Bird (on Elmo’s head), Bert, Ernie, and Cookie Monster.  As far as the muppets, in addition to the ones in Ian’s collection, I liked Mr. Snuffleupagus and Oscar The Grouch. My favorites were and still are Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster, and The Count.

Ian was never as big a fan of the show as I was.  For a few years, I was more excited to watch it then he was.  I suppose since it took me back to my childhood and how fun and new the show was when I was a young child. A few great characters have been added since I was little — Elmo, Abby Caddaby, and Murray among them. I still enjoy watching the show.

One of my favorite clips recently was of Murray and Benedict Cumberbatch.  Murray had a hard time understanding that Benedict wasn’t actually Sherlock Holmes.  Instead, that he plays the character of Sherlock on PBS’s Sherlock. I cracked up since it was such a clever skit.  Another fun skit was the Law and Order Special Letters Unit.  The detectives are hunting for the missing Letter M.  The bum-bum sound they are famous for was included and really bothered the Letter M.

Other things I really liked were how much The Count loved numbers.  It was great seeing him play his organ and see all of the numbers pop up.  He helped me appreciate numbers more than I would have.  I have always been a word person.  Oscar The Grouch was a lovable complainer.  He did care about his friends but had an odd way to show it at times.  And, I loved the friendship of Bert and Ernie and Bert’s love of pigeons and Ernie’s love of his rubber ducky.

Thanks to PBS for keeping Sesame Street on the air as long as its been. Several generations of families have been able to enjoy and learn from this wonderful program.  Thanks also to the amazing cast and crew for continuing to entertain us.  And thanks to my parents for introducing me to this show.

This blog has been brought to you by the letters H and B for Happy Birthday and by the number 45.  Happy 45th to all at Sesame Street.  Thanks for all that you taught me.