Back to the Past

This is a time of year where I really feel aware of the passing of time. Back to school (where did the summer go?), the approaching holidays, and the shorter days all leave me feeling like time is moving too fast. I get nostalgic for time when days seemed simpler and longer.

So, here is a list of 15 things you can do when you miss your childhood. Please feel free to add to it.

  1. Watch a childhood favorite movie. If you happen to choose Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller, then your childhood was especially awesome.
  2. Eat finger food for lunch. I like cheese cut into squares with crackers and grapes. Get crumbs all over.
  3. Read your favorite fairy tale. Act it out. You get bonus points if you wear a costume. Scarves and bathrobes count.
  4. Draw a picture of your imaginary friend. No one will know how accurate it looks except you. Make sure to give them a treat for holding so still for you while you were drawing. If they let you eat it, so much the better.
  5. Buy your own school supplies. You can get the fancy notebook and pencil case if you want. I won’t tell.
  6. Blanket fort. That is all.
  7. Read comic strips. Calvin and Hobbes is an excellent choice. Laugh out loud at the funny parts. Show someone else and make them read it too.
  8. Listen to the songs you used to dance to. Dance! If you feel like you look a little silly, then you’re doing it right.
  9. Call your mom, or someone else that makes you happy. Tell them all your favorite memories with them.
  10. Make a homemade card for someone. Construction paper and crayons would be my materials of choice for this one.
  11. Draw a picture of the food you hated in childhood. Crumple up the picture and stomp on it. If you want to burn it or tear it to bits, that’s good too.
  12. Go outside and blow bubbles. Chase them and try to catch them. Or pop them.
  13. Find a dandelion that’s gone to seed and blow the seeds away in one breath to make a wish. Or wish on a falling star. Or catch a leaf as it falls and make a wish. If all of these fail, light an unbirthday candle and make a wish as you blow it out. I’m sure it counts.
  14. Read in bed under the covers with a flashlight. It doesn’t matter if it’s the middle of the day.
  15. Give all of your loved ones who live close a hug and tell them you love them.

Do you feel nostalgic this time of year? What do you miss from your childhood? Do you have anything to add to my list?