I remember packing for a full day of outdoor adventure, exploring the ravine next to our house. It’s funny how small it looks now, but back then it was the size of the Amazon rain forest. I learned that you are only limited by the size of your imagination.
I remember falling to sleep on cool summer nights to a chorus of locusts and various other nighttime bugs. I learned that nature makes the best music.
I remember the smell of coffee and the sound of the coffee maker competing with the local news report on the radio and the clinking of the cereal bowls that my mom set out for breakfast. I learned that it doesn’t take much effort to make sure your kids start the day on the right foot.
I remember sitting at the top of the stairs listening to my mom and her lady friends gossip in the living room when I was supposed to be asleep. I learned that most of the things that grown-ups concern themselves with is boring.
I remember the long gravel driveway. My dad would joyfully rub his hands together announcing that he had a “fun” job for us — pulling weeds. I learned that my dad has a skewed perspective of the concept of fun AND that pulling weeds sucks and I didn’t want to grow up and get a job doing that. (So that’s why I do this.)
(This post was inspired by the My Childhood Home Carnival hosted by Owlhaven)
[tags]childhood memories, childhood home, owlhaven[/tags]
I love listening to the crickets sing outside our window at night.
I also went exploring, but in these dirt hills behind our house. It was like a huge desert to me. It’s funny how small you realize things really are after you’ve grown up.
the coffee and gravel sounds like my Grandmas house.
enjoyed my visit to your blog
We had a ravine behind our house…I wonder how big it would look to me now…
Summershine — Crickets! That’s what I forgot! I knew there was another insect I wanted to mention in the wonderful Slumberland Orchestra.
Rebekah — Thanks for stopping by. Come back anytime!
Mary — Something about ravines just scream big time childlike adventure. Thanks for the cool topic!
This brought back many memories of long, late night visits with my lady friends at your house.
Yeah, you guys had some pretty boring conversations…:)