I decided to join in on a March Blog Challenge over the weekend, and today I will write my first post. I’m excited because Tiffany provides the prompts, I just have to write! :) Today’s topic is Best Childhood Memory.
I remember as a kid playing outside. Its something I don’t really see much of anymore…some 20+ years later…but every time I see a kid playing outside in my neighborhood now, it makes me smile at the memories. I got a bike for Christmas one year and my neighborhood friends and I would spend HOURS and HOURS drawing chalk streets, stop signs, lights, and creating little cities out of our yards and driveways. We would build forts in our front yards and play house and then “drive” to the “store” [which was just someone else’s front yard]. It was a lot of fun.
I remember a specific day that was just sunshine on my soul. I had been riding my bike down the street with no hands [wouldn’t even attempt that now], and the sun was shining on my face and for a moment I closed my eyes and smiled. I was probably 10 or 11 and just remember thinking that I loved the breeze on my face and the sun on my skin, and I just LOVED life in that moment. That simply has been my favorite childhood memory.
A Parent’s Wish
Because of those wonderful childhood memories, it is a personal GOAL of mine to pass that same experience on to my kids. I want to live in a friendly, child-filled neighborhood and encourage my kids to play OUTSIDE. I want my kids to enjoy their childhood and not rush towards nail polish and boys or video games and girls. There is plenty of time for that [and can I get an amen for all the DRAMA that crushes bring?!], but I really want my kids to enjoy playing. Running so hard your lungs hurt and you feel like your legs are going to fly off. Coming inside after a day outside smelling like a mixture of dirt, sunshine, sweat, and childhood.
I think my biggest fear for my kids is that they will lose that child-like innocence too soon. When my mom ears hear of pregnant 9 year olds, pre-teen kids in trouble with the law, or just the simple trend of “maturity” happening sooner and sooner, my heart aches. Its all I can do to not pack up my family and move to a farm where simplicity reigns and imagination thrives.
As an adult, I got a bike for Christmas…only 3 short months ago. And it made me as giddy as I was when I got one as a child. My determination to impart to my kids the value of playing outside, the joy of riding a bike in the sunshine, has driven me to take daily bike rides with them strapped in a trailer behind me. It is one of the best gifts I have been given…not only a joy for me and a way for me to get exercise, but also a way for me to show my kids the value of simply enjoying. To not have to be entertained or stimulated, but to simply enjoy something as small as riding a bike.
To slow down and stop to, quite literally, smell the roses. To smell the fresh cut grass that is Spring and get a sunburn from playing outside for a long time, for goodness sake! I don’t think there is a more valuable lesson I could teach my children than to take time to enjoy the bodies God has given us by being active, to drink deep of His creation by going outside, and to value the innocence they have for too short a time in this world.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
I am linking up with Fabulous Finds by Tiffany for her 31 Day Blog Challenge.