Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Child In Me

Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay

"...(be) like a child stringing beads in kindergarten - happy,
absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another. "

For a few minutes yesterday, I felt almost eight years old again. I was leafing through the bold and fun pages of the American Girl magazine. I bought a copy to include in my young niece's birthday gift. The magazine, aimed towards girls ages 8 though 14, includes articles, fiction, arts and crafts, party plans and projects, quizzes and all manner of activity ideas.

Dare I admit it, I almost wanted to go back to the store and get my own copy. For as I read, I felt the stirring of my happy girlhood memories. The joy of remembering those simple, innocent childhood pursuits. What I've discovered (maybe you have too), we are never too old to rekindle those pleasures... even if only for a few minutes before we put on our grown up faces again. Maybe that's why we have daughters, nieces, and granddaughters, so we can enjoy those nice girlhood memories all over again.


Playing with paper dolls
-- and creating a make belief world for them

Browsing through the children's section of a bookstore

Borrowing children's picture books from the library
-- and letting my imagination go with the flow

Sitting down with a new box of wax crayons
and a thick coloring book chock full of exciting choices --
(I mean, wasn't that half the fun, deciding what to color first?)

Swinging on an old-fashioned swing

Where has your mind happily skipped off to in reading my list?



    1. One of my best friends is a seven-year-old. She knows how to enjoy life: tea parties, searching for the Hidden Acre, riding a wagon to Laura's house, playing hide and seek, and eating dessert first! We all need a child to play with. I am going to have to find this magazine for her!

    2. Oh, my, don't get me started! Jacks, pick up sticks. But the paper dolls! Most of the ones nowadays are magnetic and wooden, nothing like the old ones. They came in folders and you could store the clothes in the pockets after you had cut them out. I would stand them all up around the floor and play endlessly. I had the paper dolls of Lucy and Desi and many others.

    3. Oh Brenda...I'm such a paperdoll lover. I just might have to run out and look at that magazine. Memories, oh the memories.

    4. Hi Brenda, i still remember the fun paper dolls I had many many years ago, Mine were cut outs from the Eatons catalog and then glued onto cardboard, and my mom made me a stand for them from 2 pieces of wood. How inventive was that !

    5. thinking of my grand daughters. I bet they would enjoy this magazine...

    6. My 2 daughters had those dolls and what fun we would have with them!

    7. I loved to play "house." I just finished a post because I was reminded how much in our childhood still influences us today. You said it so much better. I have four granddaughters. The oldest loves AG dolls and I have had so much fun with her. Soon she will be 13 and so I know I have little time left to play with her. The 10 year old and six year old simply are not interested in any dolls. I am holding out hope that I will have one more opportunity with our little Allie who is soon to be six months old.

    8. In October we were raking piles of leaves and trying to build houses or forts that should have had a corner of the school yard fence to support the walls.
      Enjoyed your memories, Brenda.


    To My Beautiful Readers,

    Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same. ~ Franz Peter Schubert

    Thank you so much for leaving your 'footprint' here in my comment box. I do appreciate you taking a moment to share your thoughts today.

    Brenda xo