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Sentimental Innocence

November 4, 2010
tags: adolescence, childhood, childhood memories, friendships, growing up, innocence, make believe, relationships, simple life, youth
by Sonia

Just the other day I was talking with my friend Gillian about our nostalgia for the days of uncompromised innocence. It seems that as we grow up relationships become more and more difficult and happiness doesn’t feel as sublimely good as it did back when our mothers tied our shoelaces and bedtime stories were the highlight of the evening. Over the past few years I have lost loved ones, experienced heartbreak, lost and gained friendships, struggled with the overbearing thought of what it is I want to do with my life, and questioned certain steps I’ve taken to get me to where I am now. And while I’m extremely happy where I am, it sometimes still feels like even the smallest of hurdles are a pain to get over.  Life was so much easier when my biggest worry was whether or not my hair was in a smooth enough bun for ballet class.

So, as I sit here and reminisce on life when it was so much simpler, I thought I’d share a few of those simple pleasures that made me sublimely happy.


  1. Pressing flowers with my Mom
  2. Spending hours in my closet playing make-believe
  3. Going on adventures with my brothers
  4. Dancing on stage in The Nutcracker
  5. Puddle stomping
  6. Shoving handfuls of Goldfish into my mouth (ok, I might still do this time sometimes…)
  7. Playing dress-up
  8. Footie pajamas on Christmas mornings
  9. Doing arts & crafts
  10. Sunday night pizza - a tradition my family had for awhile where we would order pizza and all sit together on the floor stuffing our faces and watching movies


What are some of your happiest memories from childhood?

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  1. Meem permalink
    November 4, 2010 9:51 am

    just yesterday, outside the ballet building, I walked by a frazzled mother desperately trying to get the bun just right while her daughter stomped her feet and had a fit that she would be late to class - ah the memories!

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