These ARE the good old days for your children. They are living the joy and wonder of childhood RIGHT NOW. What happens now will make the memories they look back on. And you get to participate in them .. or not! It is your choice.
A flood of memories
Recently one of my cousins posted an old photograph on Facebook. It was a picture taken in my grandmother’s garden.
That one picture unleashed a flood of comments from family reminiscing about my grandparents and the time we spent in their house and garden.
- We spent more time in Nana’s garden, the camp and Granddad’s shed, than our own.
- It was home and I loved it there.
- Happy days xx
- Granddad’s shed was like a palace from a kid’s point of view.
- Oh Granddads shed! Was that the one made from doors?
Yes my grandfather had a shed made from old doors salvaged from demolitions sites.
Only the initiated knew which door opened to get inside. That shed held a treasure trove of bits scavenged from all over the place.
My granddad guarded his hoard jealously and it took a great deal of skillful negotiating to get him to part with the smallest piece.
The good old days
When I was growing up I lived next door to my grandparents. My mom came from a large family, so there was always family coming and going. We children practically lived over at my grandparents. There are so many memories.
- Large Christmas gatherings with all the aunts, uncles, and cousins.
- The old photographs and clocks.
- The tick of my granddad’s bicycle.
- Bone china teacups.
- My Nana playing the piano.
- The time my brothers and I managed to make the piano look as if it was playing by itself and scared my Nana half to death.
You probably have memories of your childhood and time spent with family. I hope they are glorious memories, those special recollections of the joy and wonder of childhood.
Memories of blissful days before the responsibilities of adulthood made their presence known. These moments are so special to us that a photograph, a song, a smell can cause us to flashback in an instant.
Yes those were the good old days.
Do you have those kinds of memories?
Now I want to remind you of something really important
These ARE the good old days for your children.
They are living the joy and wonder of childhood RIGHT NOW.
And you get to participate in them. You get to watch as their memories are recorded. Or not!
Will you recognize these moments as they unfold? Or will you be too busy? When those memories are being forged will you be a part of them? Or will you be too distracted?
As Christmas approaches your child’s memory cameras are rolling
We are about to enter the craziness of the holiday season. There is something wondrous about the holidays for children. Perhaps it’s just the magic of the season. But some of my warmest family memories revolve around Christmas.
As the season unfolds let’s do everything we can to participate in those special times with our children. Let’s stop, slow down and simplify before the holiday rush hits. Let’s embrace the wonder of the season with our children.
But instead we can make memories with our children. And that is the most precious gift of all.
Yes these ARE the good old days.
Photo credit “Dad and Daughter” ©2006 Patrick and made available under cc license