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What is your happiest childhood memory?

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Everyday I post the "Question of the day" on Facebook. Todays question I thought might be a good one for the board.

What is your happiest childhood memory?
During the summer when my brothers and I were kids we would take off for the day on our bikes and find all kinds of things to get into. We’d ride for miles without a care in the world.

What's yours?
Brooks

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...with my Grandmom. Gardening, cooking, sewing, going on the bus to Philadelphia where we'd go to the bank and Horn & Hardart's and at Christmastime, the light show at Wanamaker's, writing Christmas cards with my Grandmom. It was always so safe, warm, and comfortable with my Grandmom.
Also, taking walks alone in the woods behind our house; I always tried to get lost but couldn't.

Thanks for the warm fuzzies, Brooks!
Aud

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My brother & I would saddle our horses and ride all day was a great way to waste time in the summer. Sometimes we would just lose track of time & have our parents out looking for us. Great memories.

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When we were kids we would go on picinics with our parents,and my brother and I would fish with a stick,string,and a safety pin,and I caught a fish.

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Going to Edisto Beach with my whole family staying in our family house. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, mom, dad and brothers. It was a crowd and we had a blast. I still miss it every summer.

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Summer when I was a kid, my father would pack us up and go to Lake George for a week, which is upstate NY, (I am from Long Island), and we would rent a cabin, go paddling in the lake, walk around the Land of MakeBelieve, Storytown, Frontiertown, House of Frankenstein, there was just so much to do there, and it was the times when my parents were alive and happy, since my dad owned a bar and wasn't around much till he took that break :)

Hugsss!
~Donna

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we would drive to Evansville Indiana from Collingwood ontario Canada....it seemed like the most impossible, wonderful, sophisticated thing in the whole world to do.

mags

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I've been there many times. I'm from florence, but now live in boiling springs. the surf fishing is great

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When I was around seven I would have the first two weeks of the Christmas holiday to myself. My brother was much older and had to work with dad for those two weeks. Mum used the time to rest whilst I wandered the bush and river estuaries by myself day after day. I used to eat fish and oysters for lunch and always carried a canteen of fresh water and wore a hat.No parent would be game now to give their children the freedom I was given. I think I was born in the wrong age...Ron.

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I love that story....it's true when we grew up we were outside all the time...summer and winter. On summer nights we played flashlight tag and ran for miles. In winter the snow was always deep and cold and of course it was always dark at night....we would play until mum insisted we come in and then we would spread our woolen outer clothes all over the rug in the dining room to dry...no polyester fabric in those days :)

you guys have had some brutal weather of late....good to see you
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mags

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I had lots of good memories! I enjoyed going bowling with my parents & sister in North Carolina. We also went to New York each summer for a buying trip. My parents owned a store. In New York, we went to the World's Fair, saw the dancing Rockettes and ate at the delicatessens and automat. We also lived near Myrtle Beach and Calabash so I loved going to the beach and enjoying a fried flounder meal with hushpuppies. Not so much joy with the sunburns. lol

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didnt know that was such a wide spread game!! how about Kick the can?!

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Won't You Come Over?

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definitely Kick the can and red rover too.....which I hated because it always hurt your arms and wrists. Oh and burning leaves on the sides of the streets in autumn before burning by-laws....oh man I love that smell.

Rob there are 2 boys across the road from me about 10 and 12 years old.....they play Hockey 365 days of the year....they are out there today with the tennis ball...they never play baseball...just hockey, In winter they a use a puck....sometimes other neighbourhood kids come.....I love it.

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My childhood was spent in a small college town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I have many happy memories... collecting agates on Lake Superior in the Summer; "sugaring-off" in the Spring; "Homecoming Weekend" in the Fall; and hockey, hockey, hockey in the winter!

You look laid-back!

Rob; in Vancouver

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Might that town be Marquette, MI. My daughter wanted to go to Northern but that was way too far for my liking, no easy way to get there. Instead went to Michigan State. Reflecting back I should have let her go, would have cost a lot less money than State.

Ever go hunting for Petoskey stones?

Take care - Tina

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what are Petosky stones Tina...I have been to that town I think....is it really really fancy and lots of $$$$ is that Petosky?

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A little north of Marquette.
Never heard of Petoskey stones. ??

Rob; in Vancouver

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nice to read all these memories from others.
mine..riding to the lake with my granpa to fish while listening to the WORST country music, lol. my dad teaching me baseball, our club house by the railrosd tracks(yes parents I said railroad tracks!) Picnics with my family on the bluffs over the mississippi. Thanks I hadnt thought of those things in awhile, got me smiling.

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when my father bought me my first two-wheel bike. Took me out with it, told me not to worry, he'd stop me (see, my feet couldn;t activate the foot brake cos they could barely touch the peddles-he figured I'd grow into it.) Was nice riding around in circles until he told me go down the little hill and he'll stop me at the bottom. So I did and of course the bike picked up speed and I wasn't going to crash into the fence so I aimed for my father's outstreched arms. Needless to say, my older than most others", father could not stop me (could tell by look on his face as I got closer)so he went flying backwards when I crashed into him but he did STOP me from going further. Fortunately he wasn't hurt (and he told me henceforth I could figure out how to ride myself!) My mother got pissied when she found out what he had done. I eventually did grow tall enough to ride the 26 incher he bought but I was a bit young at the time.......

Another incident I clearly remember was my mother walking me and my 3 year younger brother in his carriage when a car zoomed by shooting at the police cars chasing them.This was in Astoria,Long Island City, Queens around 1955-6.......

But my favorite memory in the 50s was allof us getting into my uncles big car (grandparents, our family of 5, uncles' of 5-3 kids each family, 12 in the car) and we'd go to Zach's Bay near Jones Beach for the day, with food, etc. From the first timne we went (I;m the oldest grandkid this side of family)I would use my pail and catch all these tiny fishes and then I'd wanna take them home but uncle and father always said no. Grandma, however, had fishtanks in her apartment and she always said I could put then in an empthy glass jar of hers, she'd hold them but I could take them home. Felt so good.After I cried after the first few fish died, I got kinda use to it when the rest went but for a 8 or so year old kid, it was great

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I can't possibly pick one. I'm the second oldest of 6 kids, and our parents made our childhood a precious, wonderful time. The closeness and fun of our family continues to this day.

*hugs*
Gail

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I just thought of another. The city (St Louis)use to run a pick-up truck through the neighborhoods, in the bed was a big motor and a tank full of I dont know what kind of pesticide but it would put out this big grey "fog" to kill mosquitos. My buddies and I would chase the "fog truck" as we called it all around our block on our bikes. Gee I wonder where this cancer came from, LOL??? Back then it could have been some wicked stuff coming out of that truck but my moms big concern was it would "choke" us, those were simpler times, huh.
I guess they dont do that anymore, I havent seen one in years.

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greybeard ...I can't believe that story...my best friends here in Canada are from St. Louis...John arrived in the late 60's as a draft dodger and became a journalist in Canada..a very good one.
John never smoked a day in his life but 10 years ago he died of lung cancer....his wife...still here...still a dear friend talks about exactly what you describe...she remembers being in bed at night when the pesticide trucks would go through and smog the neighbourhood....she definitely attributes John's death to this process

thanks for this

mags

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Our beach was renowned as having the worst shore dump in Queensland. For the first five years of my life I wasn't big enough to swim beyond it (though I always tried) So I spent five years learning to swim in a washing machine. With all those salt water and sand enemas its a wonder I ever got colon cancer...:) Ron

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in North Florida for two weeks every summer. They had a 300 acres of pines and a farm. Grandma fixing all my favorite foods. Picking the blackberries for blackberry cobbler. Climbing the poles in the tobacco barn. Trying to learn to string the tobacco (never did master that). Checking the chickens eggs everyday to see if any "bittys" had hatched. Taking the trash to the "big ol' pit". Grandaddy teaching me to drive the tractor, when I was twelve, then progressing to driving his pick-up on the backroads to town to the post office. Visiting my Uncle's meat market in town and getting to pick whatever treat I wanted. Shelling fresh beans from the garden. Catching lightning bugs and putting them in jars. Grandma buying me my first tube of lipstick!!! Being treated like a princess by my cousins because I was a "city girl". My Grandaddy calling me "Sugar" and my Grandma telling me "night night sleep tight don't let the bed-bugs bite" every night when she kissed me goodnight!

Such fond memories of times long ago!!!

@Greybeard, I remember the mosquito truck, never rode my bike behind it but I loved to smell it!

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I have another one I was remembering last night. My dad used to take me to the Oceanside Pier when I was just a little boy. I remember holding his hand as I would look through the planks at the water below and how far down it seemed. I remember my dad smiling at me as I would tell him how far down the water is. We used to eat at the old diner that used to be at the end of the pier and pick songs from the table top juke box. Then we’d walk back and go to the old penny arcade to play games. I remember one that you could try to out draw a cowboy standing like 10 feet away. If you won the draw a green light would go off and if you lost a red light would go off. Then we’d ride the bumper cars.

The diner at the end of the Pier fell off into the ocean long ago and the arcade has been gone for years now. Now I take my own kids walking on the same pier. I now hold my sons hand as he looks through the planks at the water below and smile to my self as he tells me how fare down the water looks.

Life is funny sometimes
Brooks

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I grew up in a suburb of St. Louis called Creve Coeur. Back then it was country. One of my greatest times was when I was around 11. I rode my bike 6 miles to the hardware store and bought my first shotgun. I was so proud to ride home with it strapped to the handle bars. If a kid did that today, he would be on the 6 o’clock news and called a delinquent. I still have that shotgun. It has been used by my sons and grandsons.

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Dad and mom took my brother and me to the park.Catching dragonfly with my brother in summer time.

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mine definitely were the summers. we had a lake home and spent every weekend there. i always brought a friend or cousin and we spent hours swimming in the lake and canoeing etc..we always had alot of company and would just spend our days having fun. I always loved our holidays too, i came from a huge extended family where there were no divorces or problems of any kind- everyone just loved everyone. my great grandparents lived into their hundreds, so i had graduated highschool before i ever experienced the loss of a loved one. i remember all my aunts, uncles and parents would sit around the table on the holidays and play cards and laugh all day. They are all gone now, and now my family is filled with messed up people lol but those memories are very warm and carry me.

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I can't recall crap about my youth. if it were not for the stories of my youth I would have nothing at all. Even high school is getting fuzzy (I am only 50). My wife can recall living in St. Louis when she was 3 years old. While I can not recall much really, I have enjoyed reliving youth vicariously through all your stories.
Brook, I don't know why people say all those bad things about you - keep up the good posts!

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It must be because I'm so cute!! :o)

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pure jealously!

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