Sat watching my kids playing I found myself feeling a little sad and missing the days when you could just play without giving a stuff and lose yourself in your own imagination. These are the things I miss about my childhood!
Goonies never say die
Pretending we were members of the Goonies and riding our bikes to the top of the hill and whizzing down top speed – all fun and games until you hit a stone,fell off spectacularly and grazed 236 layers of skin off your knees whilst shouting “no I’m not crying” (whilst desperately holding those snotty sobs in) at your mates who were elbowing each other and wetting themselves at your misfortune. Or maybe swallowing a mutant bug on the way down that made you cough up half a lung,which led to vomiting,which led to your mates pissing themselves.
“Pretending you were the naughty man and I’m the policeman” which usually led to a good reason to kick the crap out of your sibling after they’d robbed the bank. Inevitably your Mum would come stomping through in her pinny to give you a thick ear ‘cos said sibling had run out screaming “I’m telling!!!” Git.
Having a great laugh with water pistols when you were the one doing the soaking but then all hell broke lose when someone decided it would be fun to screech “pile on” and some poor bugger (usually me) would end up at the bottom unable to breathe and soaked to the My Little Pony pants. Or God forbid you’d think it was a great idea to run in the house thinking you’d be safe. Nope. They’d still chase you,soak the joint and you’d get the telling off because “you’re older and you should know better”.
Making an amazing den in the forest with wood and nails and a roof and everything…ok,ok it was with some stinking old sheets your Dad used when he was painting the dining room and it was made at the bottom of the garden but hey it was awesome and no-one could get in unless they had the password which was usually something really grown up like poo-head or bum-face.
Top of the Flops
Recording yourself on a radio cassette recorder usually reserved for recording the Top 40 so in between you singing Holiday in your bestest singing voice – the one you use in the school concerts – you’ve got Ace of Base and 2 Unlimited and if you’re lucky your Mum shouting “I thought I told you to tidy this room”.
What do you miss about your childhood?