I met a good friend yesterday who I have been friends with since school, at a park in a nearby town so that our children could meet up and play together. There was an open aired pool and it reminded me of many summer days spent at the swimming pool in Newbury where I grew up and lived until I was 12. I have fond memories of that outdoor swimming pool: it had a kiosk where you could buy Wham bars and those Highland toffee bars, and Monster Munch back in the days when pennies really could buy crisps! I would spend long days there with my friends during the summer holidays, sitting in the sunshine and playing in the pool.
I was sharing this memory with my friend, when she told me that she had been chatting to her neighbour only a few days earlier who had said that she was sad because her 40 year old daughter has no memories of her childhood. This neighbour was devastated because her daughter could not remember the things she did when she was a girl. My friend then told me that she would feel the same if her daughers said this to her in their adulthood, because she has always done so much with them. From crafty activities to swimming, walking their dogs, to holidays, to visits to the beach and all the other things they have done – it would make her think “why did I bother if none of those events evoked any memories good or otherwise?”
It got me thinking too. Obviously, my children will not recall the things we did when they were babies or toddlers but I hope to goodness that the things going forward will be. Thats why digital photography and my blog is so amazing because I am able to capture the things we get up to, our lives from one day, one week, one month and each year to the next. This will be a memory bank for my both my boys to look back on when they are older (and an aid to assit my failing memory as I also get older!), so even if they were to forget themselves (eeeek lets hope this is not the case), my blog will show them all the good (and bad) times we had and all the things we did as a family.
This week has been a ‘fun’ week for getting out and about as the weather has been dry which always helps. It has also been another week of doing as many things for as little money as possible, which I always enjoy because it means we make the most out of the simple activties but they are ones which the boys love. As I have said before, it is the everyday little things which make them happy and as long as we are doing something together then they enjoy themselves
blackberry picking and eating
being a skater boy
at the park
visiting the Burton Art Gallery (yes that is its name much to his amusement!)
swinging from and climbing trees
splashing about in the sunshine
Happy days = happy memories and I look forward to making so many more with Burton and Jenson and recording them here in my special memory bank.
This post was brought to you as part of Flashback Friday
Remember – a flashback can be from any time whether it be yesterday, last week, last month, last year or yesteryear! It can be a flashback of your own, your children, your partner or your friends.