5 things I wish I had back from my childhood

Another year has gone by from my life today. On birthdays, I always end up reminiscing about my childhood. I must say I had a good one, and I thank God for that. I don't remember a lot of what I 'had' but I remember being happy and carefree and that's what counts, right? I was a bit of a loner though I had some special friends I'm still in touch with today. So, I was happy being by myself and doing something creative in the absence of a laptop, smartphone and tablet. I don't remember being bored too often.

As I think of those early years, I've compiled a list of things I wish I could bring back from my childhood:

Writing letters: It was such a thrill to receive letters addressed to you. I didn't have a 'pen pal', but I used to write to my cousin a lot. It was fun and I tried to continue the letter-writing tradition as far into my life as I could. But now, it just doesn't make sense anymore. I also miss writing by hand...with a pencil.

Exploring outside: Those were times of unstructured play, where we made up games as we went along. Where there was no set agenda or a playdate. Where we just went around the neighbourhood and kids joined in and dropped off as they desired. Even on my own, I loved exploring everything around me (stayed close to home). I don't I will ever wander aimlessly anymore because there will always be something to do.

New school year: This was a really exciting time. I was a good student and really had fun going to school. I loved the new school year when there was the smell of fresh print in the air as we got new books, notebooks and supplies. Nothing quite compares with the anticipation of learning new things from the new textbooks (yes, I was that boring!), doing new activities and being a year senior in school!

Non-branded stuff: This came to my mind when I saw Disney's branded toilet seats for children the other day. Has it come to this? I love the cute stuff with Cars and Winnie the Pooh and all, because you can't help buying anything else. But I miss the time when you bought a t-shirt because you liked it, and the decision was not complicated by your being loyal to a certain cartoon character. I think this whole merchandising thing has gotten way out of hand.

Atari: I am a technology lover but I just can't get my head around all the games that are available today. I loved my classic Atari games which were simple and logical. There was no storyline to think of or fantastic graphics to marvel at. It was simple, gaming fun. Mario was the most complex it got and I didn't even play that game!

At times, you do want to go back to being a child. But you do get an opportunity to do that when you have a child of your own. I'm looking forward to doing lots of fun activities like colouring books and school projects and water play with Little Dude as he grows up!

(Pics: Katy Xyz, Eike (The english Wikipedia, File:Atari 2600 2.jpeg) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)
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Vinma said...

Loved this post! In many levels, I also miss certain things from my childhood when I compare my children's life in today's world. One thing I really adored in my teens was writing letters... :) Now, I don't do that anymore.

Tarana Khan said...

Nothing really compares with childhood, right? Miss it so much!

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