Guess What? These Are The Good Old Days

Guess What? These Are The Good Old Days

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 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.

We may need to let go of some expectations. We may need to do drop some things from our to do list.

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

27 thoughts on “Guess What? These Are The Good Old Days”

  1. Thank you for this post! It is such an important reminder – poignantly expressed. In this day and age of buying stuff we forget that the first step to creating a lasting memory is being there!

  2. Oh wow Sharon you pulled me right in, your post had me remembering the happy times with my Nanna’s, the fish and chips on a Sunday night and then bam! a total wake up that right now are the memories we are creating for your children.

    So beautifully done!

    1. Thank you Liz. It knocked me sideways when I came to that realization too!I am sure you are creating wonderful memories with your children.

  3. That quote really got to me today! I’ve been thinking a lot about my own childhood lately, but forgetting that I have another child making memories right beside me. Thank you for the reminder!

    1. It was that quote that really inspired this post. I hope that you enjoy making memories with your daughter. It will be something you both remember 🙂

  4. I have such strong and happy memories of my childhood. It is important to be in the moment with our own children rather than watching passively. A wonderful, thoughtful post #letkidsbekids

    1. I’m glad you have strong and happy memories of your childhood and I really love the idea of being in the moment with our children rather than watching passively. Thanks for visiting 🙂

  5. This was such a great reminder. It’s often so hard to be present, with business, but I don’t want my kids to remember me being busy. I want fun memories.

  6. love this Sharon! Those kind of FB posts and comments about the ‘good old days’ frustrate me. Many times it’s more of a judgement toward our culture right now rather than remembering another time fondly.

    1. Gosh you are so right Crystal. I had never thought about it that way. Thanks for sharing that thought 🙂

  7. Sharon, this is such a powerful reminder of so many things important in parenting — being present for our children, creating traditions, and frankly, not comparing everything with what our own childhood was like. That does a disservice to our kids, whether we’re comparing it favorably or not. This is THEIR childhood!

    On a side note — I want a shed made out of doors. I am so in love with that idea, and you created the most beautiful illustration with your words, I feel like I could walk outside and hide away in there myself.

    1. That shed was something else! I sure wish I had a picture of it 🙂 Your comment that comparing everything with what our childhood was like does a disservice to our kids has really got my brain ticking. I hadn’t looked at it from that perspective before and yet you are so right.

  8. Very true. Lovely post, memories are a wonderful thing and so important. I really hope my children remember their childhood as I do mine and as I am trying to create for them. We try to do things together a lot.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

    1. I’m sure your children will have wonderful memories of their childhood Karen. One of the things they will certainly remember is that you were present.

  9. Thank you for this post! I love it… such great things to remember. I’ll be featuring this tomorrow at the After School Linky. May I have permission to use your final image with a link to your website on my Facebook page? No problem if you’d rather I not use it!

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  11. Natalie Alleblas

    On the weekend I watched one of my all time favourite movies Midnight In Paris, starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams. The gist of the movie is that Owen’s character (a struggling writer who idolises Hemingway, Fitzgerald etc…) longs to be in Paris in the 1920s as he believes this would have been the “golden age”. Then he starts actually going back in time while on a Parisian holiday, and meets his idols who hate living in the 20s and wished they could have been around in the late 19th century instead. Without ruining the ending, the moral of the story was to realise that the “golden age” is the present moment.
    And I’ve come to realise that right NOW is the golden age not only for my children, but for me. For one day I will look back on today and think “those were the good old days”. But each day can be just as special as the previous.
    Thank you for another great post!

    1. I love that movie! And what a marvelous illustration- thanks for the reminder! You are right about today being the good old days for us as well as our children.

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