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    Simple things your folks did when you were a kid, that you remember to this day

    I think of some of the strangest things when I'm lying in bed trying to fall asleep.

    My mom used to make pudding occasionally, and instead of putting the pudding (hee hee) into plain bowls she's portion them into these fancy glass bowls she had. I remember those bowls and can still feel them in my hand, as they had these "balls" of glass (for lack of a better term) on the bottom of them. It made a basic dessert something special.

    Or when I'd ask my dad on a Saturday if we could go to the park and go hiking. Or to the model airplane park to watch the model airplanes fly around. I always asked him expecting him to say no, but he always said yes. That was our father/son time I guess, since I didn't play any sports.

    Then there was the time in 1976 for the Bicentennial when a local grocery chain (Hughes??) was giving away all the flags of our country (like the Dont Tread on Me flag, and the Betsy Ross flag etc) and I wanted them, so mom and/or dad would get me them every week, and my dad built this pole we painted red, white and blue with drilled holes in the sides for me to display my flags.

    The day my mom pulled me out of school, to go have lunch with her and my "Nana" (family friend I called Nana) at Busch Gardens. Talk about feeling special!!

    Simple things. Even though I won't be a parent, I do have some advice for you parents. Make memories for your kids by doing the simple things for them. I really think that it's these memories that are the "specialist". I know for me, they are.

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    Re: Simple things your folks did when you were a kid, that you remember to this day

    My grandmother used to do the best things:

    1. She made home made donuts, to this day I have yet to find an equivalent. But sitting around grandma's house, eating a dresh donut after it just got done was the best feeling in the world.
    2. She would pour flour on her coffee table and let me play in it with little matchbox cars. I had such a great time building stuff and moving the cars around.
    3. Handing my dad tools while he worked under a car. It was so much fun laying on the roller thing, to this day I still have no concept of tools but it was the thought that counted! LOL

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    Re: Simple things your folks did when you were a kid, that you remember to this day

    My mom and grandma did the same thing with pudding Matt. We had "special" bowls for pudding and ice cream.

    Also, I remember my dad playing catch in the backyard with me when I was little. I had a Dodgers baseball jersey (the whole outfit) that I would put on, then go into the living room, give him the big puppy dog eyes and ask him if we could play catch. It made my day if we did.

    The greatest thing ever though was the first time I ever went on Mr Toads Wild Ride. My dad told me I could drive. I was only 8 and that was a HUGE deal to me. But I was worried that since I was only 8, how could I drive? I didnt have a license! My dad told me it would be ok because he would be with me and would tell me which way to turn. So simple, but it is always something I think about whenever I get on that ride and brings a huge smile to my face.
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    Re: Simple things your folks did when you were a kid, that you remember to this day

    My dad would always buy my brother's and I baseball cards with that horribly tough stick of pink bubblegum enclosed. He'd come home from work during the week and he'd always have those cards to give to us. We came to expect it and even though it wasn't much, we knew he was thinking of us.

    Some of my best memories of my mom is how she would treat my siblings and I when we were sick. Chicken Pox was the best treatment EVER We got oatmeal baths and back rubs and she would literally stay up all night with us feeding us juice and goldfish crackers while reading "Superfudge" and other Judy Blume books to us.

    Sigh...those were the days...I heart my parents!

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    Re: Simple things your folks did when you were a kid, that you remember to this day

    We had the pudding bowls too!

    We used to also go to the public parks on the weekends and have picnics. They would pack a cooler, my mom would make shake n bake chicken and we would eat it cold. It was a lot of fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frecky View Post
    The greatest thing ever though was the first time I ever went on Mr Toads Wild Ride. My dad told me I could drive. I was only 8 and that was a HUGE deal to me. But I was worried that since I was only 8, how could I drive? I didnt have a license! My dad told me it would be ok because he would be with me and would tell me which way to turn. So simple, but it is always something I think about whenever I get on that ride and brings a huge smile to my face.
    I did something similar - although less endearing - with my little sister; I took her on Mr. Toads when she was maybe 5 or 6 - and told her that she could drive (earlier in the day, I had let her drive on the Autopia, so she was feeling pretty accomplished / spiffy); by the end of the ride, she was shrieking, and it took a half hour to calm her down. I learned my lesson - to be less devilish when I was watching her...

    Back then, I never really minded being paired up with her for the day; nearly all of the rides were for the entire Family, so I never felt saddled with her just because she was little (there is 8 years difference between us); besides, she knew that I knew all the cool rides to go on - and I usually had allowance money to spend on a frozen banana.

    Originally postey by Olympicnut: My mom used to make pudding occasionally, and instead of putting the pudding (hee hee) into plain bowls she's portion them into these fancy glass bowls she had. I remember those bowls and can still feel them in my hand, as they had these "balls" of glass (for lack of a better term) on the bottom of them. It made a basic dessert something special.
    My mother used to bake cupcakes for my entire class (try doing that now and they'll have them all shipped off to a lab for analysis). She also used to lift me up, and let me drop the Salvo tablets into the washer (concetrated laundry soap that looked like giant aspirins) for some reason, I used to love that. We also would make 'Fizzies' - flavored tablets (Okay, it seems that the entire culture was a little "pill crazed" in the 60's!) that added color and 'fizzed' when you dropped them into a glass of water; of course, you needed a complimentary colored straw to drink your Fizzy. When it rained, she would let us pull out all of the blankets and make a "fort" under the dining room table; we'd line up the dining room chairs and cover them with blankets to form a tunnel into the fort. We could put our record player under the table, listen to Disney 45's, eat our tuna sandwiches, and play games. [I can remember my Dad coming home for dinner and having a fit over how the dining room looked, and hear my Mother 'defending' us; "John, they have played in there all day and haven't made a peep; they're just blankets..."]
    One time my mother explained why she loved Disneyland so much, "Oh, just give me a bench and let me people-watch all day; the families all dressed up in matching outfits - it's hysterical!" When I reminded her that SHE used to make us all matching outfits out of the same material for OUR outtings to Disneyland, her reply was, "Oh, you were just little kids! You loved it!" I miss her so much...
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    Re: Simple things your folks did when you were a kid, that you remember to this day

    My nana/grandma would have coffee parties with me at age 3 and up. And we'd sit at her... it was like a built in table in the kitchen with soft chocolate chip cookies, coffee, and talk. I felt like the most important person in her world. Now I didn't realize it until I was older but she was trying to stunt my growth.

    My dad taught me to ride a bike. He had been trying since I was 4. I got it when I was 7. Every weekend though...

    Before my mom went to law school, so when we were really little, during the summer, during the weeks, my mom had a schedule. Monday park, Tuesday zoo, Wednesday uncles house, Thursday nana's, and Friday we went to the beach. And she packed picnics for these days.

    Dad drilled/screwed in steps to the tree in front of our house growing up and that was where we could hang out...

    My dad pulled the single parent thing while my mom went to law school because she'd go at night, intern during the day...So my dad (and I didn't realize how cool this was until awhile ago) had the rule no t.v., no books, no homework, etc during dinner time and our dinner table was in the line of the t.v. but we never watched the t.v. while eating dinner. How rare is that in homes now a days? And this was 10 years ago!
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    Re: Simple things your folks did when you were a kid, that you remember to this day

    We used to live in Fullerton and my dad would help me climb up a huge tree in our backyard, then hop to the roof so we could watch the fireworks from Disneyland - almost nightly in the summer. I was about 5 years old - to this day, those are the best memories I have with my dad.

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    Re: Simple things your folks did when you were a kid, that you remember to this day

    My grandma had a drawer that was specifcally for my brother and I. It always had Flaky Flix cookes and another assortment type of cookies that I can't remember the name.
    Whenever I spent the night at my grandma's she would give us $ to go next door to the grocery store, by ourselves , and buy our own snacks.
    She always made us special toast, which was just toast made in the toaster oven rather than the toaster so it got more meltyier(yes it's a word )
    She also made my favorite meal of hers, chicken and dumplings whenever I asked for it

    When I was like 7 or 8 my aunted begged my mom to let me go see Grease with her..at the theater...at night.. ON A SCHOOL NIGHT. it was so awesome

    My dad would take us camping and fishing all the time when we were kids and he always always let us pick what to do. Whether it would be a hike, swimming or fishing(which meant him baiting our hooks repeatedly and not getting to fish )



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    Re: Simple things your folks did when you were a kid, that you remember to this day

    wow, ya'll are lucky, my dad just chased us around the house covered in shaving cream...


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    Ah, sweet memories. I remember when I was five, my father taught me how to make an Old Fashion" out of Bourbon and bitters. I remember it so fondly, because he told me... and it makes me laugh out loud to think back on it now... about how important it was because "Grandma couldn't get enough of em." Ha ha.

    Oh, I also remember when Mom would tell us it was time to play Hide and Seek! The hardest time I ever had was the time she tossed us in the old Rambler, and went down to the Long Beach Harbor to play it between the shipping containers. Wow! You really had to watch overhead! Anyway, what made it so much fun was the look on her face when I finally found my way home, thanks to the Long Beach Police. HAHA. Was SHE ever surprised that I found her!

    I have so many of these fun memories.


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    Re: Simple things your folks did when you were a kid, that you remember to this day

    My mom used to pick me up from school and as a surprise she would drive us onto the Balboa Island Ferry for a trip across Newport Harbor. Not that we were going anywhere in particular, she would just drive on to the ferry just so we could go for a ride on it.

    Sometimes she would give me an extra special treat and instead of the ferry we would go to the Disneyland Hotel and would get a ticket just to ride the Monorail round trip, and then we would go home after that. You can't do that anymore

    My dad was too busy working but I used to go fly model airplanes with him at Mile Square Park. I was too little to control it, but I loved watching. I remember we were with his friend and his friend's plane took a nose-dive into the field and looking around for it.

    I remember one time my dad took me to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and there were mummies there at the time. Really cool! And I remember during that same trip he bought an ice cream for me from one of the vendors in Exposition Park and without asking he bought an ice cream for a little Mexican boy who was near us and gave it to him. I think I learned a lot from that...

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    Re: Simple things your folks did when you were a kid, that you remember to this day

    My mom used to write me cute messages on the napkin inside my lunch bag. It always made me feel special because none of the other moms did that.
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    Re: Simple things your folks did when you were a kid, that you remember to this day

    My grandma made the best apple pie. She made it totally from scratch, crust and all. She also made killer bread pudding.

    I remember when my mom would make tapioca pudding on the stove. I looooved eating warm tapioca! I remember wanting to help her make cookies.... so I could swipe some cookie dough!

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    Re: Simple things your folks did when you were a kid, that you remember to this day

    Quote Originally Posted by krystledm View Post
    wow, ya'll are lucky, my dad just chased us around the house covered in shaving cream...
    LOL, awww, well I'm sure that created memories of their own!

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