If I could bottle this up.

January 24, 2012

Children, Fun, Home, Inspiration, Life, Memories, Summer

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.’

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About Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday'

Welcome to 'mynewfavoriteday. This space is about gratitude and connecting through being open, vulnerable and real. I hope you will enjoy my take on motivation, inspiration and advocacy and will take the opportunity to tell me of your own thoughts and stories. Why I started 'mynewfavoriteday.' I am a childhood surviving, divorced, now happily married, IVF (and now natural pregnancy) success story, working mother of 2 amazing babies who were born 12 weeks premature. As life often seems to surprise you when you least expect it, we added another sweet baby girl M to our family in July of 2013. While our angel minis, Q and E are now 7 years old, our son, Q, has thrived while our daughter, E, has had a much more difficult journey. She is considered special needs and in September of 2012 was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome. And so, as she has grown, so do we as individuals and as family. How to help her, how to celebrate our differences while allowing ourselves to cope with the challenges that we never knew to expect. Thus, while much of this blog is based on our experiences (good and not-so-good), it is also based on how we must not let ourselves become victims of our circumstances but rather advocate in our own lives. A little bit about me and who I am. In my professional life I am a marketer in the Entertainment Industry; however, ‘mynewfavoriteday,’ was not born of entertainment or marketing but rather as a pathway to help myself and others as we try to define who we are as parents, family members, spouses, friends, colleagues and people. I believe in never judging a book by its cover. Every cover is different, and no matter what your cover looks like, you never know how someone's book is written. Like mine. From the outside, you might never know what truly makes me who I am or what I believe. This blog explores the pages on the inside of my book. My vulnerabilities, fears, happiness, and all my triggers through the lens of being grateful for all the amazing blessings I know I have received but sometimes forget in the challenges of daily life. Thanks again for dropping by. I hope you will come back, subscribe, comment, share, and/or just hang out and be inspired or motivated to make each day for yourself or someone else 'anewfavoriteday.' By being here, you have certainly helped to make it mine. xo, Shannon

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11 Comments on “If I could bottle this up.”

  1. Transitioning Mom Says:

    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.


    • Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday' Says:

      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. bipolarbekr Says:

    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. kay Says:

    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. Elastamom Says:

    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!


  5. seo Says:

    Thanks for a marvelous posting! I quite enjoyed reading it, you are a great author.I will be sure to bookmark your blog and will often come back down the road. I want to encourage continue your great work, have a nice day!


  6. eof737 Says:

    I remember the 80s well… very exciting times for sure. 😉


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