This is the 3rd of 31 blog posts that I am going to write in 31 days.
I have a lot of fond childhood memories that I could make a good argument for as my favorite. It is amazing just how much you can remember when you take the time to relax and focus. Last night I woke up around 3 am and couldn’t go right back to sleep. I knew that I was going to write this blog post today and so I began to think about all the good memories of growing in the late 70’s and early 80’s when times were much different than they are now.
Many of the fond memories that I recall are pretty specific. For example, I remember that on Sunday’s after church we would come home and have a nice dinner. Dinner being the large midday meal and supper being a lighter meal served in the early evening. I share this memory because it is a memory that involves my entire family before my mother passed away when I was 7. I also remember for one reason or another we would watch Battle Of the Network Stars after eating dinner. Here is a clip from one of the shows from 1979 which is the right time frame for this memory.
Here is a quick list of memories that I could also write about:
- Camping out on the front steps of the Field Museum in Chicago to see the The Treasures of Tutankhamun
- Going to see my Grandparents over the summer on their farm in Iowa
- Going to the Royals World Series Parade in 1985
- Building HUGE snow forts with my friends each winter
- Building a half-pipe in a vacant lot in my neighborhood and being afraid to drop in for the first time. FYI no pads or a helmet. That may explain a few things! 😉
- Riding Styrofoam pieces down a creek after it rained.
- Playing Dungeons & Dragons with my friends Bryce and Dale
- Building forts with my friends Mike, Tyler, Brandon and Peter. ( We “borrowed” all the wood to build these forts from construction sites )
- Playing soccer(indoor & outdoor) , basketball and baseball.
- Riding my bicycle!
I saved riding my bicycle for last on this list because of all the fond memories I have from being a kid riding my bicycle anywhere and everywhere sticks out the most as my fondest memory because many of the items listed above would not have happened if it weren’t for me riding my bike all over the place.
My first memory of me riding my bike is me riding my little blue bike in circles in my garage during the winter. This blue bike is also the same one that I learned not to slam on the brakes while leaning forward. I flipped over the handlebars and landed on my back, knocking the wind out of me. Not necessarily a fond memory but thought I would share.
I had and shared a few other bicycles with my older brother until 5th or 6th grade when my dad made me a deal when I wanted a pretty expensive bmx bike at the time. He told me that he would pay for half of the bicycle and that I had to earn the other half. I remember doing chores, mowing lawns and whatever I could to earn some money to buy this bike. I also remember finding a coupon for a bike shop near by that had the bike that I wanted. A Hutch Pro Raider
What a cool looking bike right?? I had so many adventures riding that bike. I learned to do so many tricks and fell off that bike so many times if I had kept count as a kid I know that I would’t want to know the number as an adult.
Now that I have a son I hope he learns to be as adventurous and courageous as I was on my bicycle and maybe even a bit more so since he will be wearing his helmet to protect his noggin!