If I could bottle this up.


What I love in this image, is not that you can pinpoint the decade in which these things expired, but the feeling of going back in time to a place of freedom and lightness that in our current day our children only really know at a tender young age they will likely never remember.

From Pinterest

Staying out until twilight when only our parents voices would ring into the dusk to call us home.

Playing on monkey bars for hours on end, trying to master a cherry drop.

Playing Capture the Flag with a group of neighborhood kids time after time until night had fallen and the moon had risen into the night sky.

Staying up all night laughing and giggling just for the fun of it with no distractions (who could you call at 2 am other prank calls?)

That feeling, the one of the air, the light, the laughter, the time and feeling of just being. Not caring what was next and no way to find out. That feeling helps make today ‘mynewfavoriteday.’

What memories do you have that are aligned with this and make today ‘yournewfavoriteday.’

11 thoughts on “If I could bottle this up.

  1. As you know, I am a pre-80’s child, and I, too, miss the simpler days of long ago. We could stay out late playing “Ditch-it” (hide and go seek in the dark), collecting tadpoles in the creek, climbing trees, picking apricots in the orchard, the smell of homemade bread, riding bikes and crafting with my sister. I’ve done what I can to create similar opportunities for my kids, but the pervasiveness of technology makes it more and more challenging with every passing year. It will be interesting to hear their take on these days when they look back in 20 years.

    1. I know! I do miss this for my babies and for me. When I see kids at a breakfast table with their family engrossed in a game, I don’t judge but I miss the days where we couldn’t do that…or adults both on their phones.

      You can only do so much to create it for them, but hopefully they will know some of what we had too:)

  2. I miss climbing up trees. We had the best trees in the neighborhood. Sometimes I would climb up a tree and find a nice spot to sit and relax. Sounds odd now that I think about it, but it was something we did.

  3. Oh my god! Playing in Lithia Park all day, capture the flag, walking all over town at all hours, hide and seek, all those memories of growing up in Ashland just come flooding back! I’m a little sad that my kids won’t experience childhood like we did.

  4. Oh my goodness. I have so many memories! I love remembering listening to “Top 40 with Casey Kasem” and trying to hit the record button at exactly the right moment…and the same with the stop. Oh and wishing someone would do a long-distance dedication to me…preferably a boy who was hopelessly in love with me!

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