The Simplest Kind of Fun

Jess McGlynnJuly 22, 2014

It might sound silly but some of my best childhood memories are of the most innocuous things:

* Stealing my dad’s socks so we could use them as missiles as we chased each other around the house.

* Handstand competitions in the garden (anyone remember knife, fork and spoon?!)

* Hot potato with a water balloon just knowing it was going to explode on me…I was usually right!

We didn’t have fancy gadgets and a lot of technology when I was growing up and I still have really fond memories of my childhood.  I think that’s the reason why I’m so keen for Meg and Eli to be able to build their own memories of doing simple yet enjoyable things.

On Saturday morning, my Other Half went out to clean the car.  It was long overdue but with the ridiculous mixture of weather we’ve been having we hadn’t been able to get around to doing it.

Naturally, Meg and Eli were desperate to join in and although he fought it claiming that the car would probably end up less clean than before, eventually my Other Half caved and let them go outside and join him.

I was sat inside, reading and listening to the squeals and exclamations as they got stuck in.  It’s not a big deal, it’s not a big job and yet, to them, it was the makings of a memory.  

A time when they got to have a go at doing something the grown ups do.  A time when they laughed about Eli concentrating so very hard on cleaning his little section of the car.  A time when Meg stuck her hands a little too keenly into the bucket and ended up with a mouthful of bubbles.

Those are the memories which will stick with them.  However simplistic they may seem.


  • citygirl101

    July 22, 2014 at 20:08

    I adore this post.
    You're so right, these are kind of memories that will stay with them, I'm glad OH relented.

  • Kim Carberry

    July 23, 2014 at 12:35

    Aww! How lovely! It's the simple things that always seem the most fun x

  • Holly Nelson

    July 23, 2014 at 22:18

    You are right!! This is how I would be raising my children. We all need to appreciate the little things and turn them into big events!

  • Tracy K Nixon

    July 24, 2014 at 09:31

    What a lovely post! Reminds me of my childhood – we found things to play with! I love hand claps, skipping ropes, chalking hop skotch on the pavements, cats cradle, building a tend under our climbing frame using an old sheet, making 'perfume' from rose petals! Great fun at no cost!

  • Paul Wilson

    July 24, 2014 at 12:24

    That's so true.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Prev Post

Day Out: Windmill Animal Farm, Burscough

Next Post

Moshi Monsters come to the Sea Life Centre, Manchester