It’s funny what kids remember. The best memories are the ones parents least suspect. My fondest childhood memories are:
Homemade pizza on a snow day
After-school walks with my grandmother that too often took us to a pizza place
Playing Othello with my grandfather
Stopping for a Wendy’s Frosty after my orthodontist appointments
Picnics in the park
Summer days in my cousin’s pool
Going to work with my uncle and then stopping at Friendly’s for the biggest sundae they served
Illegal fireworks on the fourth of July
Watching the A-Team with my family
None of these memories are terribly out of the ordinary, but when I think back over my childhood, these are the good things pop into my mind. A few of these events only happened a handful of times, but they left an impression. At the time, my family probably didn’t even realize they were helping me make memories that would last a lifetime. Just like I didn’t understand that two years ago my daughter and I did something that she would never forget.
Early on a Saturday morning we walked into town, stopped at the bakery to get two donuts, and ate them in the park. It was such a simple morning. I never gave it another thought, but my daughter loved that time we spent together. She talks about all the time, so this morning we finally enjoyed a repeat.
The sun was shining and it was warm early. We armed ourselves with a few dollars and a camera and set off for our walk across town. It was the most beautiful morning. One we’ll both remember for years to come. I even willingly broke my diet for a donut with my daughter.
This morning was worth every single sprinkled calorie.
What good memories do you have from your childhood?
Have you done any special memory making with your own children lately?