Reliving Some Childhood Memories

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Article by Wendy McCance

I don’t know about you, but when I have gone through life changing experiences, I end up reevaluating my life.  It seems that something always ends up getting tweaked.  In the past, I have changed jobs, shuffled through friends extracting toxic relationships and most recently, I decided I needed a summer to just feel like a kid again.

It’s ironic that hearing you have cancer can bring out your worst fears and at the same time expose a side where you no longer care so much what others might think.  It becomes more important to really live your life authentically and enjoy the experience of living a happy existence.

I was convinced I was authentic in the way I lived my life until I decided to spend a summer reliving favorite childhood memories.  I don’t mean the big stuff like vacations to Disneyland or going away to camp.  I wanted to enjoy the little things without the insecurity of feeling to old to do such things.  I mean, what would others think if I was building a sandcastle with childlike enthusiasm or sat on a swing and ate a Popsicle?  Sometimes I think being a stay at home mom is the only way you can attempt something so daring. Your kids are by your side so of course you must be doing these activities solely to support your child having a good time.

Well, I’ve always thought it was sad that you get to a certain age and society frowns on the person who splashes in a puddle or blows a few bubbles.  After my diagnosis, I threw hesitation out the window and decided I wanted to just be me and take advantage of really enjoying summer the way it was meant to be enjoyed.

I actually started a journal to write down the things I did each day that thrilled me.  I want the kids to look back one day with memories of a mom who just enjoyed life no matter how simple the moments without feeling insecure about just being myself.  So far, I’ve created some really good memories.

This was the summer I took bike rides with my son, made runs to 7-Eleven for Slurpees, spent full days reading piles of books, grabbed the kids and went on candy runs to the drugstore and cooked up all types of favorite foods from my childhood.

One of my best recent memories was the evening I sat on some patio furniture with my husband after dinner.  We drank glasses of cherry wine and let the sprinkler spray us every time it landed in our direction.  We just laughed and told stories until dusk.  By the end we were soaked, dared each other to run through the sprinkler and did so just to amuse each other.  It was so liberating and a lot of fun.  I was thrilled my husband let down his guard and decided it didn’t matter what the neighbors thought.  He’s been a real trooper.  Anyway, I pointed out that if anyone walked by and saw us, they would probably want to know the “cool” neighbors who felt so at ease and knew how to have a good time.  I mean, if I saw a couple like that, I would want to get to know them.  Thankfully, my husband agreed.

My next great idea is to throw an outdoor afternoon tea party.  A Bring Your Own Teacup affair.  Of course it will be a proper English tea although I’m sure there will be some liquor soaked drinks as well.  A perfect way to end the summer. 😉

Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 9 local papers online, including the Oakland Press. The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

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4 thoughts on “Reliving Some Childhood Memories

  1. I have a bunch of teacups. I’d love to be invited. Do we have to fill them with tea? I remember so many bike rides when I was a kid, many up to the local store for penny candy. I’m still a freak of nature when I get into a candy store. I saw that the Sound of Music was playing at a local theatre. I told my daughter, who told my husband it sounded like a good date night. All three of us went up to the Penn Theatre, ate popcorn and sang all of the songs under our breath. I had tears now and then… for the good old days. (When movies were unique and powerful). Love you Wendy, and summer lunch of your choice, wherever you choose.

    • And this is why we connect so well!! I love that you are all in for a tea party and that you are still a kid at heart as well. Yes, We will have to do lunch soon. I’d love to catch up. :)

  2. Hell yes I so get this, it is those little things we did as children that could make us so happy it is said that for most of us we either have to be facing death or old age before we allow ourselves to be happy and live our lives how we want without worrying 24/7 about what others might think

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