23 January 2014

Childhood Reminders

I saw this somewhere, I can’t remember though whether it was a writing prompt or a challenge but I liked the sound of it, so here it is!
Whether it be a smell, a sound, an object or something else,
describe what takes you straight back to your childhood
Music - Any music by The Carpenters.  My mum always used to play The Carpenters when I was a little girl and their music became the anthem of my childhood.
Books – books will always be tied to my childhood as I loved to lose myself in their pages.  I had a penchant for the children’s books that had been written decades earlier and became lost in stories like The Faraway Tree, The Famous Five, Mallory Towers, What Katy Did and all of the Narnia books; which were my favourites.  They all contributed in some way to the person I grew up to be, turning me into a blend of old fashioned and 21st century values.   
Cherry blossom – my neighbour had a huge cherry blossom tree which was the size of the house.  Its branches used to tap on my window and the sight of the cherry blossom arriving each year was a beautiful sight.
Peanuts – my dad always used to buy a packet of peanuts every Friday night.   There always used to be a tiny eggcup with some in for me left over.  It’s funny the things you remember….
Perfume – I always smile to myself when I am choosing on a new perfume.  The street we used to live on didn’t have any other children on it.  The majority of the houses had elderly people living there. 
Our next door neighbours were an elderly lady and her daughter and I remember going over there a lot, playing around with water and different sorts of flower petals to see what sort of fragrances I could make.  I used to call it “making potions”.  Sadly now the “potions” I wear now are a little more expensive.
What takes you back to your childhood?


  1. I used to try to make perfume with rose petals and water, but after some crushing in my dirty little paws, the rose petals ended up smelling like cats' wee. I also used to love making dirt pies in my mum's saucepans, much to her dismay! x

  2. Oh the memories of making 'rose water perfume'! I must have tried making perfume from petals dozens of times when I was little! I can relate so much to Peter Kay's sketches about growing up. Haha! I LOVED Enid Blyton books when I was little (still do) and The Faraway Tree and The Secret Seven Books were my favourites, but I read so many others, too. Goodnight Mister Tom was another of my favourite books. I have so many things that remind me of being young; if I started thinking about them all, we'd be here all day! Lol xx


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