Steevenson has his first loose tooth, y’all! It’s one of the bottom/center ones. I shared the news on Instagram and everybody quickly chimed in and said I needed to “take a bunch of pictures of him” while it’s still in there. And because it seemed like a good idea, I grabbed my camera and asked him to smile REAL big. That’s when he lifted his arm and said, “Daddy, tickle me!”. 😆
Seeing his wiggly tooth got me thinking about childhood memories. I don’t remember losing any of my teeth, do you?
I read an article recently that said family trips to the beach (collecting seashells and playing in the sand) and games (especially hide and seek) were among the most common responses when folks were asked to recall their happiest days as a child. Recording the music charts and obsessing over collectible toys also conjured up strong memories for lots of adults. (Here’s to mix tapes and Monchichis- LOL!)
And here’s something wild, nearly three-quarters of those who took part in the poll (73% of 2000 people) said the beach played a part in their happiest memories. I don’t think I saw the beach til I was an adult, but I do have super fond childhood memories of our family vacationing/fishing on lakes in Minnesota and Canada though.
Research also showed that our strongest childhood memories are more than ten times as likely to be events that took place in the Summer compared to any other season. Makes sense since kiddos aren’t usually in school during that time of year, but it also makes me want to be more intentional about creating fun memories in the other three seasons too! 🙂
Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Nihara Krause, said: “Spending shared quality time together as a family is extremely important; not only does it help to strengthen family bonds and connections and improve communication, but shared time also ensures children feel prioritized and cared for.”
What’s interesting about one of my favorite childhood memories (spending time with my family and friends at our place on Willard Lake in Ontario) is that other than this photo (my Dad texted me yesterday) of our family’s trailer/screened porch at Pleasant Point Lodge…
…I don’t have any photos (or videos) of the details of those trips. The cooking, the card games, the connecting…they’re all just old movies in my mind now. And sure, I’d love to have some more pics of our family Canadian fishing trip adventures, but the memories are just as magical without them. They feel almost like a dream at this point, but they definitely shaped who I am today so I can still feel that they happened. And the older and busier I get with my own “baby”, I do think it’s okay to not capture every little thing for keeps. But his last mouth-full of baby teeth? I gotta admit, that was a pretty fun smile to snap. 😉
So tell me…what is one of your fondest childhood memories? I want to hear details!
PS- And speaking of Monchichis…here’s a funny/not funny story: My dad flew to Philadelphia for work one time and bought two big Monchichi dolls for me and my brother while he was there. We were probably 4 and 7 at the time. He put them on the back of the taxi he was taking at the airport, but forgot about them after talking to the driver and getting something out of his luggage in the backseat. Of course, they fell off as the cab drove away, and by the time my Dad remembered, they were nowhere near the airport. I don’t know why that memory stuck with me all these years…or why my Dad thought he needed to tell us- ha!