Thursday, July 9, 2009

Remembering a Simpler Life

Animal crackers, and cocoa to drink. That is the finest of suppers, I think; when I'm grown up and can have what I please I think I shall always insist upon these.
- Christopher Morley, author & journalist

The importance of not being too grown up
Children are so convinced of their ways and implicitly trust their own instincts. Clearly if it tastes good, it must be good for you! Delight in the experiences of your youth today. Reflect upon the simple pleasures of carefree living. What can you do to indulge yourself in a healthy way? Put down the bills and laundry and have a tea party or puppet show. Take a spin on the swing set or jump on the bed. Not only will you burn off some energy, but you'll also be taken back to an innocent, worry-free time in your life. A time when you wore pajamas with feet and weren't such a big girl. Remember the importance of an occasional childlike moment.

Reading this today on Sparkpeople, got me to thinking about things from my own childhood....way back before I had bills to worry about, a job that took me away from home, or kids and grand kids to love and grieve over.
Oh how simple life was back then when mom would send us out the door in the morning and we wouldn't come back until we heard her whistle at night. I wonder if she was worrying about how she was going to put food on the table for five kids while I was busy playing house in the cinder block coal bin that sat outside the back door. While I was swinging on the swing set and sliding down the slide at the Victory Heights playground was she wondering where the money was going to come from for five pairs of shoes. When I was jumping on the bed and swinging my pillow at the head of my big sister was mom getting her clothes laid out and ready for work the next day? When we were racing down Cherry Street Hill on our sleds was she trying to find someone to loan her some money to fix the car? How much easier it is to be a kid and to be free of all of these worries. I take this moment to thank you, mom and I think I'll turn off the computer and go read a story to my grand kids.

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