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#435402 - 05/21/13 10:31 PM Re: Things kids enjoy. [Re: si]
DavoSwim Offline
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Registered: 02/06/13
Posts: 336
Loc: Iowa, USA
This is a great thread. The emotional toll of the CSA is huge. It may be the most influential event in my life (tragic commentary on my life.) Nevertheless, there were good times. This is a valuable exercise, forcing me to reflect on the good things that happened in my childhood. The memories of these fun times have too often been subjugated by the abuse resulting in a skewed view of my youth. Kudos to Si for starting this thread. It'll help with healing.

Watching planes landing at the airport
Camping
AstroBoy
Looney Tunes
Lost in Space
Bill Cosby
The Empire State building
Plymouth Rock
Fort Ticonderoga
Swimming
The Pinewood Derby
My paper route
My third grade teacher
Playing solitaire
My grandmother's wintergreen lozenges
My grandmother's Ocean Spray CranApple Juice
Serving Mass
Midnight mass
The Washington Monument
The Lincoln Memorial
The Pennsylvania Turnpike
The White House
Man Landing on the Moon
Baseball
Gilligan's Island
Jan from the Brady Bunch
Columbo
Bonanza
Room 222
The Wonderful World of Disney
Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom
Giraffes
Wildebeests
Tasmanian Devils
Woodstock
Marcus Welby, MD
Shasta Orange Soda
Roller Coasters
Roller Rinks
Bowling
Climbing Trees
Jumping out of Trees
Jumping out of Swings
Whittling
My tree house
Sledding down Mrs Kelly's hill
Aluminum foil swans
The House with the Magic Window
Green Jello
My mom's homemade jelly
My aquarium
Orange Sherbet
Monopoly
Uno
Bows and Arrows
Four Square ( the game, not the social media app)
My pet turtle
Riding Bikes
Art Class
Dodgeball
College Basketball games with my mom
An autographed baseball from two MLB players
Hotwheels
Adidas
My tape recorder
Polaroid Cameras
Bob Hope Specials
Encyclopedia Brown
The Great Pyramids
Alcapulco
Hamburgers from the Grill
Burning leaves in the Fall
Mark Spitz
Steve Prefontaine
Finally getting my cast off
After the third time, never breaking my arm again
Lollipops from the Dentist office
Cotton Candy
Chinese Checkers
Setting off Model Rockets
Fireworks
Diving off the Three meter board
can openers
Back flips
Making it the length of the pool underwater with no breaths
Monarch Butterflies
The butterfly
The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
Maclean Stevenson
The Air Force Academy
Pike's Peak
The cashier with the purple dress at the grocery store
Kathy - my favorite babysitter
Glazed Doughnuts and Green Rivers
The annual college spring festival
The horse barns by my house
My first transistor radio
My first 5 K road race
The Bicentennial
My bicentennial quarter
$2 bills
50 cent pieces
Fireworks on the 4th of July
My first blue ribbon from track and field
Skiing
Searching for golf balls and reselling them
Mount Rushmore
Abraham Lincoln
The Boundary Waters
Spending the Night at my uncle's house and French Toast in the morning
New clothes on the first day of school
My first kiss with a girl behind the lockers of school
Swim practice
Onion Rings
My dog Chester
Tennis
Trampolines
When my grandma would squirt Whipped cream into my mouth
My wood-burning kit
Dinosaurs
My first communion.
Greek mythology
The Olympic Games
My Farrah Fawcett Poster
Boat rides
Frank Shorter
Walking on the railroad tracks
Pinball
Pizza King
Magnifying Glasses
Microscopes
Getting contact lenses and getting rid of glasses
Zambonis
Museums
The Age of Aquarius
The Secrets of NIMH
Henry Reed Books
The Quay
The Beatles
Boomerangs
Drawing
Playing the piano
The honor roll
A 4.0 GPA
Getting in the 99th percentile on standardized testing
Going out to dinner as a reward for an outstanding report card
Being selected to the T & G program
Getting the award for the top 8th Grade History Student ( made more meaningful because my older brother didn't get it)

Once I started writing, I couldn't stop. The memories just kept pouring out. I think I'll come back to this thread often so I can remember the good times.

DavO



Edited by DavoSwim (05/21/13 10:36 PM)

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#435419 - 05/22/13 12:49 AM Re: Things kids enjoy. [Re: DavoSwim]
pufferfish Offline
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Registered: 02/26/08
Posts: 6875
Loc: USA
Things I liked:
(Yes this is a healthy thing to do)
(Not listed in chronological order)

Taking trips to the Colorado Mountains
Weenie roasts in the mountains
Fishing with my grandfather in the Colorado mountains

taking boat rides (my avatar was a boat ride)
going to Elitches Fun park or Lakeside (amusement park) in Denver (like 6 flags)
Getting Christmas presents and opening Christmas stockings

My favorite presents were a bicycle when I was 9 and a pop gun when I was 10 and a BB gun when I was 11.
Going on car trips
Playing with my grandmother's chickens in her yard
Getting Easter presents

Eating watermelon
spitting (blowing) watermelon seeds at the chickens
Exploring. I used to explore Cherry Creek in Denver. Now it's developed.
School lunch.

Making things. I made boats and music instruments which never worked.
Playing with bang-os

Playing with Lincoln Logs



Playing with Lincoln Logs

Playing with Tinkertoy

Playing with Erector Set
Listening to Grand Ol' Opry with 'Cousin' Minnie Pearl on radio
I wanted to play the banjo
Listening to Tom Mix, Lone Ranger, One Man's Family on radio
Playing with my friends George or Tommie.
Playing with squirt guns
Playing with water balloons
Taping small mirrors on my shoes to look up the girl's dresses (never really worked)
Finding quiet peace and solace in nearby forested areas

Visiting my grandma
Exploring grandma's basement or attic (different grandmas)
Going to movies (Abbot and Costello or Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis with friend Tommie







Edited by pufferfish (05/30/13 12:16 PM)

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#436304 - 05/30/13 12:14 PM Re: Things kids enjoy. [Re: pufferfish]
pufferfish Offline
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Registered: 02/26/08
Posts: 6875
Loc: USA
Things I liked: (PART 2)
(Yes this is a healthy thing to do)
(Not listed in chronological order)


Playing with Erector Set
Listening to Grand Ol' Opry with 'Cousin' Minnie Pearl on radio
I wanted to play the banjo
Listening to Tom Mix, Lone Ranger, One Man's Family on radio
Playing with my friends George or Tommie.
Playing with squirt guns
Playing with water balloons
Taping small mirrors on my shoes to look up the girl's dresses (never really worked)
Finding quiet peace and solace in nearby forested areas

Visiting my grandma
Exploring grandma's basement or attic (different grandmas)
Going to movies (Abbot and Costello or Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis with friend Tommie


Going to 3-D movies with my friend Tommie

Going to the carnival with friend Tommie
fireworks at 4th of July
lighting fire crackers and other fireworks
making home-made gun powder out of sulfur, charcoal and potassium nitrate
burning home-made smoke bombs in the basement when my mother was having a party with her lady friends upstairs
Being introduced to a real steam locomotive and engineer on my grandpa's shoulders (me, not the locomotive smile )
Waiting for the train whistles, signalling the train approaching
Trying to count the cars on the train as it passed
Going to children's movies and puppet shows
Watching cartoons in grade school
Watching other boys play marbles in grade school
Walking or riding bike to and from school
Climbing trees (even if they had sap)
Playing in the sand box, making little cities with matchbox toys
Pretending to fly my toy airplanes
Making trains out of flat butcher paper to pull along the floor
Solving picture puzzles. My favorite was Snow White.
Making puppets out of paper bags stuffed with other paper
eating candy (candy bars only cost a nickel)
getting sodas or milk shakes at the corner pharmacy
Watching our new TV set (1953).
Getting bubble gum from the store during WWII when it was rationed
Playing cards with my sister (Canasta and concentration and old maids)
Being tickled by my sister
Making figurines out of modelling clay
Making ships out of half walnut shells and match boxes
lighting matches imitating bon-fires
Travelling to West Virginia with family

driving up the mountain road toward Devil's Backbone (after I got my license)
getting ice cream

telling dirty jokes with the other boy scouts
Playing with the neighborhood dog Mickey who would chase his tail

Having a stray dog follow me home from school when I was 10

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#436305 - 05/30/13 12:18 PM Re: Things kids enjoy. [Re: pufferfish]
pufferfish Offline
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Registered: 02/26/08
Posts: 6875
Loc: USA
I saw this in facebook

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=...e=1&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=...&permPage=1

The mother collected all the things in his pockets when he was a kid and then presented them to him on his birthday.



Edited by pufferfish (05/30/13 12:19 PM)

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#436307 - 05/30/13 12:30 PM Re: Things kids enjoy. [Re: pufferfish]
pufferfish Offline
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MaleSurvivor

Registered: 02/26/08
Posts: 6875
Loc: USA
Mel Blanc birthday today. Apparently I acquired my love for classical music because I had a caretaker when I was very small who played it all the time.

http://performancetoday.publicradio.org/playlist.php?year=2013&month=5&day=30

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mel-Blanc/108177519202277

The caretaker was not Mel Blanc but a colleague of his. Those guys loved this music and inserted it in their cartoons.

Puffer



Edited by pufferfish (05/30/13 12:36 PM)

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