Hi and welcome to Friday Fun Facts! Come play along and learn something new about me, and I’ll learn something new about you.
Ahhh, those were the days. Remember waking up in the summertime, cramming down a quick breakfast so you could head outdoors to spend the whole day with your friends. We built camps in the woods, took long hikes, went swimming, bicycling for hours, explored creeks and basically did whatever we wanted. As long as we were back before the street lights went on. And that in itself was a big deal. 🙂 When we had streetlights put down our little cul-de-sac, it became standard practice for all the parents to say, “Be home when the streetlights go on.” Lol No more excuses from us that we didn’t know what time it was.
If it rained it seemed like at least two of us would hang out and play board games…sometimes a game of LIFE or MONOPOLY would last days, we’d just slide the board under the bed to resume tomorrow.
There were times during the summer when I was a kid I don’t even remember coming home to eat lunch. It was a total time of freedom for sure! Our neighborhood was small, tight-knit and filled with an abundance of kids all about the same age. Great times for sure and those great times make for even greater memories.
I know it’s cliché, but times were simpler and I don’t think our parents worried about such things as parents have to worry about today. There was always a parent home somewhere…if not yours you could borrow one…lol. Nobody went to daycare or had a babysitter come in. Or maybe it was just because I grew up somewhat in the country and that street with the 35 or so houses on it was my world. Everyone looked out for everyone else.
At that time in my life I felt like I could pretty much do or be whatever I wanted. Life was good and totally carefree from stresses and decisions and…well, being grown up and responsible. LOL Sounds kind of good at times doesn’t it?
There were so many occupations that I thought would be cool and I wanted to try. Some I think everyone thought about at one time or another, and others…well, not so much. Doctor, nurse, Rockstar, Motorcycle cop (wonder where that idea came from? Lol), pilot, movie star, model, beautician, artist, professional bicycle rider, or monopoly player (in my world you could do that…lol), and a writer. Yep, even then I wanted to write and used to jot down stories about my friends and I, or other characters we thought up. Later on, this worked to my advantage when I won an essay award in sixth grade as well as a young author’s award where my story was made into a book and placed in the library. How cool.
Anyway, sorry for veering off topic a bit. But one profession I always thought would be fun, one I returned to over and over in my young mind, was a teacher. I think this was due to the fact that I have had some amazing teachers in my life. My all time favorite teacher was Mr. Wood who taught 5th grade. Secret here 🙂 He lives not 10 miles from me now and I see into him quite often in the grocery store, where we will chat sometimes until the milk in my cart turns to cottage cheese while we lean on our grocery carts. He was a huge influence on me. Love that man 🙂
Anway, there I am digressing again. I used to play school with friends and sometimes by myself. Then when I was in school, there were times some of the teachers let us grade papers. Nothing better than holding that red pencil in your hand and drawing a smiley face on the top when someone got all the answers right. Lol.
Of course as I grew up, my dreams changed, but there are times I wonder what would’ve happened if I’d followed that path and became a teacher.
Which brings me to today’s Friday Fun Fact question….Drum roll please….
When you were in grade school, what did you want to be when you grew up and why? Curious to see if anyone followed their dream from when they were a kid to adulthood 🙂
Looking forward to reading your answers 🙂