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#435020 - 05/18/13 03:00 AM Re: Things kids enjoy. [Re: si]
victor-victim Offline

Registered: 09/27/03
Posts: 6387
Loc: 𝒪 𝒦anada
you know what i used to really love?

cereal with a story.
cereal with a theme.
cereal with a song.
cereal with a cool mascot.
cereal with a great commercial ad campaign.
cereal with trademark shape, bright color, artificial flavour.
sweet sweet cereal, with baked in sugar, glazed and shiny with candy coating.
cereal with a cool box that i could sit and read all morning, puzzles and jokes in two languages.
cereal with a "FREE TOY INSIDE".
cereal that made me make my mom buy it over and over again, so i could carefully collect the coupons and send away for the "CLUB MEMBERSHIP" or the "SPECIAL MAIL-ORDER PRIZE". then wait endlessly impatiently for the envelope with my name on it.

cereal was an experience.

something i deeply enjoyed.

number one cereal fave...

close number two...


#435024 - 05/18/13 04:23 AM Re: Things kids enjoy. [Re: si]
Lancer Offline

Registered: 07/13/12
Posts: 901
Loc: Florida
You triggered me victor:

Cap'n Crunch

Stepmother's french toast
Dad squeezing orange juice (I just found the original Silex juicer on eBay!)
Lost in Space
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The smell of the campfire in my sleeping bag after a camping trip
The smell of the unfinished wood in the attic
Exploring the attic
Playing in Dad's car
Dad's green leather McGuire chair
Taking pictures of Dad's house inside and out
Jet trips to see Dad not so much the returns
Finding popsicles in the freezer
Running down the (lumpy) sidewalk to my best friend's house
Bare feet on the lawn
Seeing the Christmas tree in the front window from the cold outside

Blue Christmas lights (my favorite color of them all)
Stepmother's mustard packs (really! It meant she loved me)

Edited by Lancer (05/18/13 04:37 PM)
Edit Reason: Also forgot the smores!

#435032 - 05/18/13 07:31 AM Re: Things kids enjoy. [Re: si]
Jude Offline

Registered: 08/09/12
Posts: 1633
Loc: New England
Hey, great thread! How'd I miss this before? Everything below is pre-CSA, and a great distraction from the problems with my parents.

D.C. Comic Books
  • Superman, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen
  • Superboy, Lana Lang, Ma & Pa Kent
  • The Flash
  • The Green Lantern
  • Aquaman
  • Batman & Robin
  • Wonder Woman

Watching TV
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle
  • Soupy Sales Show
  • The Three Stooges
  • Popeye
  • Wonderama with Sonny Fox
  • The Space Kidettes
  • The Jetsons
  • The Flintstones
  • Johnny Quest
  • Creature Features
  • Fireball XL5
  • Land of the Giants
  • Shindig
  • American Bandstand
  • Soul Train
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
  • Lost in Space
  • Star Trek
  • Bewitched
  • The Monkees
  • I Love Lucy reruns
  • I Dream of Jeanie
  • The Carol Burnett Show
  • The Red Skelton Show
  • Watching "Peter Pan" with Mary Martin
  • Watching "The Wizard of Oz" every year
  • Ed Sullivan
Malted milk shakes at Umland's
Buying school clothes at Mel's Army Navy Store
Seeing "The Sword in the Stone" and "The Sound of Music" in the Pearl Theatre
Riding bikes to the reservoir and fishing
Walking to the United Cigar Store to buy this month's new comic books for ten cents a piece
Going to the 1964 World's Fair
Playing the Beatles first US album over and over
My first "transistor radio"
Listening to Cousin Brucie on WABC
Putting a "banana seat" and "butterfly handlebars" on my bike
Playing in the woods
Climbing trees
Building forts
Water fights
Collecting worms
Watching my pet Gerbils have babies, and then eat them
Games of touch football that always turn into tackle
Having my own room
Mom crying when JFK was shot
Seeing Lee Harvey Oswald shot on live TV
Marilyn Monroe's deathm in the newspaper
The fallout shelter in our basement
Air raid drills at school
Making models of ships and space ships
Visits to and from my grandparents
Grandma's yiddish cooking
Catching polywogs and minnows in Yellow Rocks brook
Trying to save baby birds that fell out of their nests
Curling up with my dog
Farting & burping contests
Peeing outdoors
Hating girls
Liking girls
Having a campfire at night in the backyard
Catching fireflies in jars
Playing flashlight tag at night
Staying up late because my parents were already passed out...uhh I'll stop there

Edited by Jude (05/18/13 09:23 AM)
Edit Reason: Adding more

#435033 - 05/18/13 08:06 AM Re: Things kids enjoy. [Re: si]
victor-victim Offline

Registered: 09/27/03
Posts: 6387
Loc: 𝒪 𝒦anada
before killing joke, before black sabbath, way back even before the ventures...

my number one favourite band was...

i loved this show.


#435041 - 05/18/13 12:33 PM Re: Things kids enjoy. [Re: si]
traveler Offline

Registered: 02/07/06
Posts: 4223
Loc: resettling in NE Ohio
the first time i saw the stars
(it was the summer between 4th & 5th grades. i had glasses for the first time. i had seen the big ones before - like the big dipper - but one night soon after i got glasses we went outside at night to see a lunar eclipse - and i was blown away by the thousands of stars - that i never knew were visible.)

making and eating s'mores
catching fireflies
the scent of lilacs
squishing mud between my toes
going barefoot in dewy grass
making pictures out of clouds or woodgrain or streaks in linoleum
DQ chocolate dipped cones
Root Beer floats
new tennis shoes
making up codes
filling my bike basket with library books
4th of July parades and fireworks
looking at the Christmas tree lights with my glasses off
listening to my parents' Glenn Miller and Guy Lombardo records
Simon & Garfunkel
The Beach Boys
The Who
my own room when i turned 13 and we moved to the UK
going downtown on the bus by myself and browsing the used bookshops and flea markets
exploring castles on weekends

How long, LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save?
Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?...
Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails....
Habakkuk 1:2-3

#435060 - 05/18/13 08:43 PM Re: Things kids enjoy. [Re: si]
MarkK Offline

Registered: 04/02/07
Posts: 2653
Loc: Denver, CO
i have no idea
Number of WoR's attended: 3
Last attended: 2011

#435065 - 05/18/13 09:23 PM Re: Things kids enjoy. [Re: si]
Daniel_forgotten Offline

Registered: 02/07/09
Posts: 479
i do remember..

exploring the backyard
exploring the swamps
buying school supplies with the babysitter . (I was homeschooled but we bought school supplies in July anyways).
The smell of new school supplies.
x-men comics
Julio Verne. Anything written by him.
Milk and tea with cookies.

#435077 - 05/19/13 01:06 AM Re: Things kids enjoy. [Re: si]
victor-victim Offline

Registered: 09/27/03
Posts: 6387
Loc: 𝒪 𝒦anada
number 1 all=time favourite book as a kid.
stole it from the school library.
had to have it.

probably read this book 100 times in my life.
still reading it to my kids.

also loved these other two books by the same author.
Alexander Key.

when i was in grade 3, i wrote him a letter, and was thrilled when he wrote me a letter back.
i started writing to famous people i admired after that.

to my disappointment, not many of them were as nice as mr.key.
some never respond, or send out generic printed impersonal form letters, with the photocopied signature.

to my surprise, some celebrities actually do take the time to answer,
or at least make or fake the effort to appear as if they care enough to reply personally.

anything by Theodor Geisel. anything at all.
including all his books under the pseudonym nom de plume Theo LeSieg.
he never talked down to kids.
told us hard truths in a firm but funny way.
he knew we children knew more than the other adult authors were willing to admit.



#435110 - 05/19/13 04:49 AM Re: Things kids enjoy. [Re: traveler]
Lancer Offline

Registered: 07/13/12
Posts: 901
Loc: Florida
Originally Posted By: traveler
the first time i saw the stars

OMG Lee. You just made me remember something. The Mommybitch's house was across the street from my elementary school and there was a hill at the back of the school. When things got to be too much at home, I'd go out to the hill, lie on my back and watch the stars, I guess praying for aliens or someone to take me away from her. Thank you for the memory.

#435240 - 05/20/13 01:21 PM Re: Things kids enjoy. [Re: si]
Dave PNW Offline

Registered: 04/03/13
Posts: 129
Loc: Pacific Northwest

I looked for this post a couple of days ago and just couldn't locate it. Wanted to post my own list of favorite things from childhood. And then this morning....there it was again. Here is mine.

What I Loved:

First covering of snowfall
Halloween night with friends
Christmas Eve
Wild Kingdom on Sunday nights
National Geographic Specials
Japanese Monster Movies
Jacque Cousteau and the Calypso
Winter Olympics - especially the men's downhill.
Looking at the stars with a friend
Climbing trees
Jane Goodall and her chimps
Snowball fights
Chorus of spring peeper frogs outside my bedroom window
Sledding on the frozen road
Grandpa's hay loft
Swimming in the ocean
Grandma's poppyseed roll on Sunday morning
Being safe during a big thunder storm
Picking blueberries
Finally learning to swim
Natural history museums
Mom's meatballs
Early morning mist
Sucking on ice sickles
Orange soda on a summer afternoon
Popcorn at a matinee with a buddy
Mom reading when I was home sick from school
Dad saying he was proud of me
No cavities
Finishing my first book
Hearing the geese high overhead going south for the winter
Spitting watermelon seeds
Skipping rocks
Skating by lantern light
Coach saying "good swim Dave"
Bagpipe music
Picking apple blossoms for Mom
Scorched marshmallows
Trees ablaze with red and yellow in the fall
Smell of old canvas tents
Last day of school

Remembering the good stuff today. I wish you all peace.

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