1.“Some things can only be understood when you’re in a tree house. With a pile of warm chocolate chip cookies. And a book.” -Dr. SunWolf
I can smell the cookies now. A tree house is the ultimate haven for a child. There were no rules, no chores, and no parents. When you had a good book with you, it was like you were transported to a whole other world. It’s nice to remember how little it took to feel content and happy when you were a kid. We could all learn a little something from that.
2. “…I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy.” -Neil Gaiman
Children can always find joy in the small things: catching fireflies, building blanket forts, swinging so high on the swing that it feels like you’re flying. It doesn’t take much for a kid to be thoroughly satisfied with life. I must admit, getting on a swing as an adult really is just as fun now. Try it.
It’s true, it’s like your senses are more in tune when you’re a kid. Or maybe kids just slow down long enough to notice things. Whenever I smell fresh cut grass, I feel like a kid again. It reminds me of spending an entire day outside, playing, hiding, running around, jumping through sprinklers – fresh cut grass meant fun.
A good book is like an old friend. When you’re young, you get especially attached to the characters and the story. It was hard to leave the story once the book ended, because it became a part of you and felt so real. In fact, sometimes I still find it hard to believe that Hogwarts isn’t out there somewhere.
5. “Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.” -Steve Almond
Sure the trick-or-treating part was fun, but the best part was running home and pouring your candy out all over your bedroom floor. I can still hear the sound of it as it hits the carpet. All that candy, all of it for me. It was almost too much to handle.
6. “Whatever our bedtime was as kids, we could stay up an extra half hour if we were reading. My parents didn’t care as long as I was under the spell of a Stephen King or a Douglas Adams.” -Nathan Fillion
One thing we certainly don’t get anymore, is a bedtime story. If you were lucky, your parents did the voices of each character differently. This ritual is how most children first fall in love with books. It was the best way to end the day, drifting off to sleep while hearing the stories of Charlotte’s Web, or The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.
7. “Children have neither past nor future; they enjoy the present, which very few of us do.”
-Jean de la Bruyere
When we were kids, taxes and healthcare and paying the bills didn’t even exist to us. We lived in the present because we didn’t have a care in the world. I don’t think there’s any way to hold on to that once adulthood hits, but that feeling of no regrets, or anxiety or worry was incredible while it lasted.
8. “The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?” -J. B. Priestley
Most importantly for a kid, the first fall of snow meant the beginning of the season of snow days. The best days of the year. When school was cancelled, and your only responsibility was to play outside for as long as you could possibly stand the cold. Then sip hot cocoa in front of the fire to warm up, before running back outside and doing it all over again.
9. “Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. For those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. You can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. Summer just opens the door and lets you out.” -Deb Caletti
Summer meant swimming pools, popsicles, camping, lemonade, riding bikes, and most importantly… no school. When that last bell rang marking the end of the school year, we were truly free. There’s nothing like that invincible feeling of busting out the school doors on the last day. In summer, anything was possible.
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