it was 1988.
a time when kids could roam free until nightfall
shoes were optional and adults never hovered. ever.
i was maybe 6
a dirt-loving, adventure-seeking tom boy.
we lived in a quaint townhome nestled among a wicked awesome neighborhood complete with trees to climb and endless paths to explore.
my older sister and i shared a room, the one with the ginaormous alder tree out front casting all kinds of scary shadows on our walls.
we were best friends, even if we never knew it.
she always seemed 10 steps ahead of me, showing me the ropes of youth and guiding me graciously through.
she may have never known how lucky i felt to have a sister- a companion, as well as someone who would go before me.
back then “make believe” was big.
instead of iphones and ipads, we simply went outside and wandered. making up games and stories and role-playing with neighborhood pals, we were the free-spirited children of the 80’s.
i have colorful memories of my sister and cousin (who also lived in the community) leading me down a treacherous path through the land of nod- aka, the border of the complex. the trail seemed long, and i remember wondering if we’d ever get there…
to meet mr. wizard!
they told me i could ask him anything... they lead me to a tree!
the great and powerful "mr. wizard" inhabited a tree.
manicured neatly into a full, round sphere, he stood tall in the corner among an army of others.
i stood in awe.
throughout childhood, i'd bike the trek to visit him, just to sit under his shade and think, and sometimes even cry...
but at 6, enchantment rules.
and i remember it to this day.
with that magic fresh on my mind, i thought, why not take the clan to meet ‘im. in our wanderings we would collect cool treasures and attempt to fully enjoy the journey...
it was a journey i won't soon forget.
showing them my childhood home:
he kept asking when were we gonna get there...
she truly enjoyed stopping to smell the flowers, every single one...
not sure he had a clue... but he LOVES a good dandelion..
...and eucalyptus bark peeling
so many pretty things are waiting to be discovered if we just but SLOW down and enjoy the journey. (speaking for myself!)
...to a childhood unmissed!
do you have any fun childhood memories like this? please share!!! i haven't heard from anyone here in a long time.. heloo. anyone out there?