What do you miss the most from childhood days? For me it's tenderness on the block.

@TheHorse (142088)
Walnut Creek, California
October 16, 2021 10:48am CST
I don't know why I'm feeling sentimental on this Saturday morning. But I am. I'm thinking about the safety of childhood days. One of my favorite memories from childhood was Summer evenings, playing with kids on the block. We had a lot of kids of similar age on our block in Chicago, and we played everything from four square to football catch to free elimination. I don't see that many kids outside on Summer evenings any more. Is finding tenderness on the block a lost art? Anyway, that's my story. What are some of your fondest childhood memories? And yes, @FourWalls, the literary reference is intentional.
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@marlina (135296)
• Canada
16 Oct
I miss all the time that we played outdoor during all 4 seasons. I also miss our family meals together, so much fun!
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Oct
What were your favorite activities during Winter? I moved to Chicago from California when I was nine. I had to learn to skate so I could play hockey.
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@sprite1950 (29896)
• Corsham, England
16 Oct
I miss family holidays by the sea with my mum, dad and sister. My parents are gone now but I remember them when they were younger than I am now. Days on the beach making sandcastles and paddling in the sea.
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Oct
Sounds wonderful. Was the water a tad cold?
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@sprite1950 (29896)
• Corsham, England
17 Oct
@TheHorse Sometimes, this is the UK so if we didn't get a long spell of sunshine it would be cold but when you're a child that doesn't seem to matter too much.
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@vandana7 (87859)
• India
17 Oct
Traveling in the train eating food. I am such a foodie.
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@ptrikha_2 (35379)
• India
16 Oct
I miss the simplicity, fun and joy on having little achievements, and even something as simple as a good snack. Or the rains on a hot day to relieve us from dreary heat when we had big power cuts. Now the kids of today fail to appreciate the small bounties of the nature and otherwise.
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Oct
When I work with kids, I try to take them into nature.
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@ptrikha_2 (35379)
• India
17 Oct
@TheHorse Yes that is a good thing to do!
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@vandana7 (87859)
• India
17 Oct
Me too. Aeroplane flying above always caught my attention. The cars that passed by we try to declare which cars they were. Considering we had standard, Ambassador, and fiat mostly, it was not such a big deal those days.
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@divalounger (5185)
• United States
16 Oct
I miss that too! We rammed around with the neighborhood kids--ate and then rammed around again until we were called in--
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@ptrikha_2 (35379)
• India
16 Oct
@divalounger Kids were kids then. Today's kids are more intelligent, but more mean, more narrow minded and many are cunning in the worst way. Harsh but true!!
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Oct
Called in. Always a bummer.
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@ptrikha_2 (35379)
• India
17 Oct
@TheHorse In some ways - of overall awareness. But I am not sure about the emotional quotient. Plus patience and tolerance is virtually non-existent!
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@kaylachan (27964)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
16 Oct
I would have to say the ignerance of youth. Not having the stresses that come with being an adult. When all I had to think about, was what I'd wear to school. Or, remember to keep my room clean.
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@ptrikha_2 (35379)
• India
16 Oct
@kaylachan Yes - you rightly say so! The innocence is so so missing now!
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Oct
I had to do my homework. And feed my parakeet.
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@ptrikha_2 (35379)
• India
17 Oct
@vandana7 Oh the radio commentaries were so superb. And we had commentators like Narottam Puri. The Current bunch of commentators like Harsha Bhogle and others are good but Radio was another thing.
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@dya80dya (26155)
16 Oct
I miss the happiness I had when I was a child. I miss that feeling of security and peace of mind. I miss going out with my friends and playing so many games.
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Oct
Security. Safety. I remember.
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@vandana7 (87859)
• India
17 Oct
@TheHorse Ironic, isn't it, even as our parents went through insecurities, we felt secure.
@myklj999 (63671)
• Olney, Illinois
16 Oct
I know where you got that from
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Oct
There's another song I want to link. It's by James McMurtry. Are you familiar with his stuff?
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@FourWalls (37255)
• United States
16 Oct
@TheHorse — I saw him on his first tour! He was opening for the BoDeans. Met him, too. Nice, shy.
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@myklj999 (63671)
• Olney, Illinois
16 Oct
@TheHorse Haven't heard of him
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@xander6464 (29147)
• Wapello, Iowa
16 Oct
I miss Walter Cronkite. It's like there's no place to get news now.
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Oct
Heh. Well said.
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@vandana7 (87859)
• India
17 Oct
What do we do to make Pony smile. He is looking so nice...but perfect picture would be with a smile. I told him somewhere, I will give you my heart (meant my old throbbing four chambered possibly damaged organ), if you smile. He does not value my heart.
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@xander6464 (29147)
• Wapello, Iowa
17 Oct
@vandana7 I don't know how to make Pony smile. But I smile all the time because I'm high on life.
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@DaddyEvil (63742)
• United States
16 Oct
I can't remember that far back. When you reach 116, like me, you won't remember more than what you did five... ...what was I doing? Where am I? Nurse! Where is that woman? *sigh*
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Oct
It's silent outside. Nobody is waiting for me with a football or anything else.
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@DaddyEvil (63742)
• United States
16 Oct
@TheHorse Think of it like this, pony.... at least nobody's waiting outside for you with a baseball bat, either.
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Oct
@DaddyEvil A bat and a glove would make me happy. I have both baseballs and softballs here.
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@CarolDM (163633)
• United States
16 Oct
What a great photo. I feel this way on many days. Living with the memories of days gone by.
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Oct
One of the last humans who will just play football catch with me.
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@CarolDM (163633)
• United States
16 Oct
@TheHorse I miss my football buddy.
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Oct
@CarolDM Who was your football buddy?
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@Hannihar (119207)
• Israel
17 Oct
@TheHorse The only thing I can say about my childhood is spending time with my grandfather after school. I loved hanging out with him.
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
17 Oct
That sounds beautiful. Do you still say things he said? I lost my Auntie (my father's sister) three years ago. We talked every Sunday on the phone. I still say things she said.
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@Hannihar (119207)
• Israel
19 Oct
@TheHorse I remember that he had a recliner and let me sit it in and he made great pickles and great apple pie. I do not know if I said or say things he said but just enjoyed being with him and sorry he had to die and that he cannot be with me now.
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
19 Oct
@Hannihar I miss my parents and grandparents a lot these days.
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@RubyHawk (45268)
• Atlanta, Georgia
17 Oct
Playing with my childhood friends is among my fav memories. I don’t believe kids go out to play nowadays. I think they play videos instead.
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
17 Oct
Our parents worried about us and our TV addictions. The next generation will probably turn out OK. I just hope they don't lose touch with nature.
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@RubyHawk (45268)
• Atlanta, Georgia
17 Oct
@TheHorse I’m afraid Kids today haven’t already lost touch with nature. If I see any outside they have a phone in their hand.
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
17 Oct
@RubyHawk I do worry.
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@wolfgirl569 (52041)
• Marion, Ohio
17 Oct
We were out almost all day during the summer and as long as we stayed in the yard at night also.
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@vandana7 (87859)
• India
17 Oct
And did not know it could give us age spots. LOL
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@wolfgirl569 (52041)
• Marion, Ohio
17 Oct
@vandana7 So thats what I can blame those on
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@vandana7 (87859)
• India
17 Oct
@wolfgirl569 I have those dirty black spots emerging. I envy Pony's clear skin despite enjoying sunlight so much.
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@vandana7 (87859)
• India
17 Oct
Lots of things. I wish I did not have to grow up. LOL When you grow up, you realize you need monies to survive. When you work hard for it, somebody beats you up for it. That makes you insecure. When you grow old people are constantly planning what to do with your monies. Damn it... I have folks I care about. I am not somebody with no feelings. If they have people they love, and want to leave something for, why should it be any different in my case? And then there are responsibilities cross gratefulness where you are confused and don't know where to draw line. Nah, being adult is not fun at all.
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
17 Oct
I do feel in control of my monies. I recently wrote a will. I will have my lawyer friend and her husband sign it.
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@vandana7 (87859)
• India
17 Oct
@TheHorse I feel I have to tie lose ends. You don't have to provide for your parents. I have to, just in case I depart. Then my evil relatives get access.
@LindaOHio (79142)
• United States
18 Oct
I remember playing outside in the summer until the street lights came on. I miss those days. Great picture of you and the little boy.
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@vandana7 (87859)
• India
18 Oct
He is look so defiant...teenage arrogance...
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