- Endless summers, school holidays and weekends - As children, our days off were so full of activities that flowed from one unrelated activity to the next, from morning until night, that they seemed to go on forever.
- Waking up, getting ready and being out the door in 10 minutes - I remember my mom getting up on Sunday mornings and going to 9:00 a.m. Mass so she could come home and cook Sunday dinner and my dad would go with us kids later to 11:00 a.m. Mass. Sometimes, I would hear my mom getting ready, get up, brush my hair and teeth and put on a dress and be ready to go in about 10 minutes. I now need at least an hour to create the same no-fuss effect.
- Sunday visiting - On Sunday afternoons, the whole family would get in the car and 'go visiting' to wherever the mood struck my parents. Sometimes we would just go riding around and end up at Rettig's Ice Cream Parlor or LaFleur's Bakery or the bread store for fresh baked bread.
- School - I enjoyed school, both the learning aspect and the social aspect. You don't really appreciate the fact that you have so many different relationships (best friends, casual friends, boyfriends, crushes, teachers, teacher crushes...) until you get out of school and the people contact is cut down to a few co-workers.
- Relatives - I really miss my grandparents and all of the relatives who have passed away. I also don't see my cousins and aunts and uncles near as often as I would like. Once everyone starts raising their own families, it's inevitable that the time spent with the extended family becomes less and less. I'm fortunate, though, that we at least spend a portion of most holidays together.
Sunday, July 24, 2005
I've been tagged by Comfort Addict to list the Five Things I Miss From Childhood. Off we go: