Sunday, 8 October 2017

Back in the olden days . . .

Me and Mum in Germany 1957/58

Born in 1955, I reckon I was born at a brilliant time to be a child. WW 2 was over and North America was enjoying a time of great prosperity. Yes, there was the cold war, but it was not something that really coloured my life very much until I was a lot older. My parents kept us pretty much protected from stuff like that.  I didn't even know there had been a Cuban Missile Crisis until I was an adult, and my father was in the airforce!  See . . .  protected. 

I was lucky enough to grow up in small communities. Because my father was in the airforce we did move a few times, but most of his postings were pretty long time,  so after we left Germany (when I was 4) we lived in Manitoba for 6 years and then in Nova Scotia for the rest of my growing up years.  We knew all of our neighbors and our neighbors knew us. We enjoyed a lot of freedom to play outside with a whole group of friends.  We only had two or three channels on the television and children's programming was limited pretty much to Saturday mornings, so the world outside our door was our playground. There were no cell phones, computers, computer games or social media.  In fact I was ten years old before my parents even got a telephone in our house and it was a real novelty! 

It was a simple time, but it was the best of times! 


Do you remember toys like this?  They were great.  With that moving plate on the bottom that you pushed to operate the elastics that were threaded through the limbs and bodies of the characters on top, you could make them do all sorts.  This was as close as we got to remote controlled toys! 

Do you remember these? 

And these?    

And these?   We didn't have any of those at home, but I remember playing them at a friends house and in kindergarten they had them in the play section of the classroom. 


My best friend had this game and I loved to go to her house and play it.  I thought it was pretty wonderful.  One year for Christmas at home we got a box that was filled with a number of board games, parcheesi, chinese checkers, normal checkers.  We played with that a lot on rainy days.  I remember borrowing my friends Clue game and painstakingly copying it onto the backs of cereal boxes and paper card so that we could play it at home as well. 

When we got a bit older and my mother started working we got some more sophisticated games like this one, Tip-it and we had another called Hands-Down, plus there was a Monopoly game and a word game called Probe that we all really enjoyed playing. We would sit around the table playing it with my dad while my mom sat on the step stool watching.  She wasn't much into playing games. My dad always won because he knew electrical words that we didn't and we could never guess his words. Good times! 

  My best friend moved to Germany when I was 9 and her parents made them get rid of some of their toys and I remember she gave me her roller skates and a Green Giant doll.  Those roller skates were great!  You could adjust them to fit any shoe size. 

Remember these?  Footsie.  You put one foot into the circle and then swirled the rope around and had to jump over the rope. Its hard to imagine now.  We all had skipping ropes as well.  One person sized ones and larger ones that you could play in a group with.  Double Dutch . . .  it took me a while to master that one!  I remember feeling so proud when I did.    Do you remember the skipping songs? 


Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, 
Turn around. 
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, 
Touch the ground. 
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear 
Touch your shoe. 
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear 
That will do. 
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, 
Go upstairs. 
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, 
Say your prayers. 
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, 
Turn out the light.
 Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear 
Say good night! 

Oh what fun we had, and it was all jolly good exercise too!  Then there was games like Red Rover, and Green Light Red Light, Dodge Ball, soft ball, etc. 

This is me flying up from Brownies to the Girl Guides when I was ten.  I remember being quite nervous about the change. I loved Brownies so much.  I really looked forward to going to Brownies every Wednesday night. I learned so much via this program . . .  how to darn socks, make a bed, etc.  I remember at the flying up ceremony, I had to follow some stepping stones on the floor and knock at the gate.  Then the Girl Guide you see here in this photo asked me some questions to get through the gate. After I had answered them I went through the gate and followed some more stepping stones into Girl Guides.  I went from being a Sixer and in charge of a group of girls to being nobody again, lol.  It was challenging, but so much fun!  I stayed with the Girl Guides until I was about 15.  Then I stopped going.  All the other girls wanted to do was talk about boys and stuff, and although I liked boys, I wasn't going to Girl Guides to talk about boys.  I wanted to learn stuff. 
I know ... ever the nerd.

Almost everyone went to Sunday School.  We would watch Davy and Goliath (a kids show) on the telly early Sunday morning and then put on our Sunday Best and go to Sunday School. The Catholics had theirs and the Protestants had theirs.  At the end of the year they would give out perfect attendance certificates and pins.  I still have mine.. I loved Sunday School. 

I had swimming lessons on Saturday mornings and every day in the summer school holidays.  I became quite a proficient swimmer.  My mother had never learned to swim as a child and so it was really important to her that we did. I loved swimming, although when I got to be about 15 or 16 it was more about oggling the lifeguards than it was about being in the pool, lol. 

I loved school and I loved learning.  In fact I loved school so much that the first thing I would do at the end of the school year, was to take my leftover scribblers, etc. and play school.  I was always the teacher.  One of the perks of being the oldest child in the family. 

I can remember being invited to lots of Birthday Parties, and I loved to go to them.  Wearing the party hats, the balloons, playing the games, the cake and ice cream . . .  singing Happy Birthday.  It was all so much fun.  Remember those old cameras with the flash bulbs! You were blind for about 5 minutes after!  

Saturday nights meant the Lawrence Welk Show and Hockey Night in Canada.  Sunday nights meant The Wonderful World of Disney and The Ed Sullivan Show.  All were wonderful.  Well, except for maybe the hockey.  My mom and dad were big hockey fans.  They like the Montreal Canadians and there would be lots of shouting and hooting going on.  I think my favourite part of hockey was the little bowl of potato chips we would each get as a treat.  Disney was great.  I liked the cartoon ones the most, but it was all very entertaining.  Good clean fun that was, good clean fun.

I am so blessed that I had a childhood filled with so much.  With the freedom to roam the neighborhood and explore the woods next to our small community . . .  to belong to a small group of children that all got along for the most part and played together fairly well.  For the freedom and inspiration to use my imagination in a multitude of ways. For having been given the opportunity to know God and to develop my faith.  To learn skills both in school and in the Brownies/Girl Guides.  I am grateful for parents that didn't give us every thing we wanted, and who inspired us to work and save for what we had. Who taught us meaningful values and helped us to develop virtues that would hold us in good stead for our lifetimes. For family and family love.  For a mom and dad that did their best for me and for my brother and sister, and for my brother and sister which meant I was never alone and that I would have two wonderful life long friends. 

Family, it is truly a gift from God.

What are some of your favourite childhood memories??  Lets share!

I better get my skates on.  I need to get off here and get ready for church!

A thought to carry with you through the day  . . . 

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Spiritual Enlightenment 


In the English Kitchen today . . .  Amaretti Stuffed Peaches. Quite simply delicious. 

Have a wonderful and blessed Sunday!  Be safe and don't forget . . . 

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  1. Hi Marie, what a fabulous trip down memory lane! I can relate to so much of it having been born only two years after you. It was a wonderful time to grow up. For me, the beach was our playground. I loved living and playing near the sea, but hated it when it was high tide! Even then though there were still plenty of outside places to go.

    Do you know I have lived my whole 60 years within the same three mile radius!! I have always loved where I live and would never leave. I have been to many, many different places and have often said how wonderful it would be to live there, but nowhere has ever tugged at my heart strings enough to make me move.

    Enjoy your Sunday, lot's of love xxx

  2. I remember lots but not all..Oh I loved playing teacher too..but had to depend on brothers were so much older than have wonderful memories..and a wonderful memory:) Blessed!

  3. Thanks Marie for your memories...I remember the book in your other blog too!
    I used to tell my kindergarten class give your brain a Kiss!
    Enjoy your turkey tomorrow, we can't wait...🍂💛🍂

  4. Kate, I used to wonder what it would be like to live in the same area your whole life! I moved a few times as a child, and then when I was married before we moved 22 times in 16 years! Its a good thing though because it made me very resilient and helped me to adapt easily when I moved over here. I think these 7 years (plus 3 when I first got here) makes Chester the longest I have ever lived one place! Even in Nova Scotia, I moved 4 times! (albeit all within a close distance) I really missed the sea when I moved out to Western Canada. At home in NS I was never more than 1/2 hour from the ocean and here we are not too far either. Its great!! Happy Sunday! oxox

    I bet you were a great play teacher Monique! Probably very patient! I always wanted older brothers! xoxo

    Thanks Jan! I hope you enjoy your turkey day! Love and hugs! xoxo

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  6. I still have the mouse trap game Marie! That was one of my favorite games to play. Tip-it and Monopoly was fun too!
    Big hugs!

  7. So sorry Di, I mixed you up with Jan! I hope that you and Nick and the family have a lovely Thanksgiving! xoxo

    Thanks Jan! We loved Tip-it! xoxo

  8. Wow, I so loved this post! Again it brought back a zillion memories that I hadn't thought about for a long time. I am 10 years older than you but we played all the same games and did most of all the other activities. It was such a fun time. We had a telephone party line for quite a while and our family didn't have aTV until I was about 11 years old. It was just a small one and black and white, of course.
    We did have a lot of freedom to go about the town and explore the park and even some hikes up into the hills. My Dad had a farm so we spent time on it and I loved playing cowgirl and Indians. I feel sad for all my grandchildren that don't really get to experience the things we did as children.
    Thanks again for the memories! Sending loving thoughts and hugs your way dear friend!

  9. Very nice LeAnn! How lovely to grow up on a farm and I know your parents had a Diner also. I think we had wonderful childhoods! God bless and love you! xoxo


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