Every once in a while, I’ll see something on the internet or come across something while sorting through all my stuff that’ll make me miss the things that used to make up my childhood. Many of these things are either gone, changed drastically from when I was a kid, or else considered not appropriate for my age. I can’t help but reminiscence though. Here some things from my childhood!
1. Doll Houses
I loved playing with doll houses as a little girl. I was an only child for the better part of my childhood, and often I’d find myself playing alone. I used to love playing houses! I had two houses and a bunch of toys that could fit in them and use the furniture, and often I’d spend hours playing pretend games with them and trying to get them to go about their lives. Thinking about it now, it’s kinda like a primitive Sims game, right? Haha.
I used to find rolls of Sweetarts all over the place when I was little, and I bought them quite often. I loved the tangy flavour, though I couldn’t eat too many all at once. I made sure that by the end of the roll I had one from each colour remaining. After a long absence, I’m slowly starting to find them in bits and places in some select shops. Makes me happy every time I spot them.
Now this one is a bit obscure… or at least it was where I lived. But I delighted every time I found a box of them. I was particularly fond of the strawberry one, prolly because of its shape. I really hope they start making a comeback; I need more great candy around here!
4. Kinder Surprise
I love Kinder Surprise. Depending on the prize contained inside, this egg could either make or ruin my day. I used to be so upset when I got a puzzle! But I’d console myself with the delicious chocolate shell. Kinder Surprise is one of the things that’s drastically different these days, and I really don’t like the change. Gone is the shell; now you get something that you can eat up with a spoon. =[
UNO was the answer to boredom. When your house doesn’t have an internet connection or cable television, you have to make do. And I made do with UNO. The UNO would be brought up almost every time people got together, and they’d play with these colourful cards for hours. Whenever the +4 card came up, you knew you were totally doomed, haha.
I was among the first in my group of friends to watch Pokémon, and I gradually got them all hooked. It was new, and we hadn’t seen anything like it before. We loved all the new creatures, and we wished our mothers would let us go on journeys like all the kids in the show did… Mind you though, I like the original Pokémon series the most. Now it has changed so much I don’t even have the heart to watch it anymore.
Do you remember the time when these little gadgets were seen almost everywhere? Everyone I knew was raising a tamagotchi of their own, and we we were all so obsessed, taking these little things to school with us, sneaking them in our pencil cases… I remember that I got three (a cat which I accidentally dropped in some water, a dog which I accidentally dropped from the balcony, and a fish that I forgot at the place of some distant relatives), and by then people had forgotten about them so I didn’t bother getting a new one. I still miss them though!
8. Fox Kids
Through Fox Kids I was introduced to various amazing shows such as Thundercats, Silverhawks, X-Men and many more. My grandmother had cable (oh the irony) and when we’d visit her I would stay glued to the TV, watching show after awesome show.
I know Gameboys are not a thing of the past, but it has been so long since I played that I really do miss them. Pokémon games were my favourite to play, and I’d spend hours playing until I’m jolted back to reality by the blinking red light telling me my battery is almost empty.
10. Whistle Pops
Whistle Pops were always such a treat. I loved the watermelon flavour the most, and I made sure to play the tunes attached to the wrapper several time before I devoured it. I don’t even remember the last time I’ve seen these!
So much love for the Goosebumps series. I used to read whatever book I could get my hands on. Thankfully my school library had a large collection, and I would borrow a new one every few days. Eventually I progressed to R. L. Stine’s Fear Street books, but I will always love Goosebumps; they were actually the books that prompted me to get back into writing. Oh, and I can’t forget the Give Yourself Goosebumps books. Those were awesome. =D
12. Mr. Hiccup
Even though this show is Italian, it somehow made its way to my TV channels and I’m so glad it did! It’s hilarious to say the least, and follows the accidents of this little guy who often has hiccups so bad they often put him in awkward situations. I do recommend you look for him on YouTube. You won’t regret it!
13. Writing by Hand
I didn’t have a computer when I was first starting out as a writer. Even when I did, my computer usage time was very limited, so mostly I wrote by hand. I had many notebooks where I would write story after story, and I would write them very quickly too. I remember that I could get through one notebook in a week without getting tired or having any finger-ache. But now I can’t do that anymore. I’m so used to typing that writing for long periods of time causes my fingers and wrist to ache. =[
I know, I know… who could miss school, you say? But I do. I don’t miss studying itself, but I miss my friends and my teachers, and the sense of closeness I had with them that one can’t experience in university. I miss school because at that time my only worry was getting good grades and having fun with my friends. It was one of the best times in my life.
These are but some of the things I miss from my childhood. What about you? What do you miss? =]