So, here are the 10 Childhood Memories that I miss and will inspire younger generations to make a difference in the world.
10 CHILDHOOD MEMORIES THAT I MISS
1. School is life. Our parents ensure that we are in school. If you misbehave or get low scores in quizzes, you are reprimanded. Our parents never complain. They considered it as a way of disciplining us;
2. Weekends and school breaks are “lifer”. When there are no classes, we would go to the river and swim with our friends. Then on our way home, we would climb bayabas (guava) or tambis (watery apple fruit) tree and get its fruit.
It was fun walking with friends and eating the fruit while talking nonsense;
3. We are safe in the neighborhood. We are happy roaming around the community without fear of anything. We would get Indian mango and santol (cotton fruit) using an improvised fruit picker. We would get home dirty until the sunset.
4. We can only play after we finish the assigned household chores. We would play panagu-ay (hide and seek), tumbang preso (knock down the can), pityaw (stick game), or baraha (card game). Our games are limitless and we are imaginative.
5. Everyone in the neighborhood treated each other like family. We call them Nanay or Tatay. Tiyoy or Tiyay, Nang or Nong, Auntie or Uncle, even if we are not related to each other;
6. McDonald’s and Jollibee were not yet fast-food giants. Our parents obligingly cook for us. We would eat anything vegetable, grilled fish, or native chicken tinola. I always have a hearty meal.
7. After so many games, we would share the same bottle of Royal Tru Orange, Coke, Mirinda, or Pepsi after wiping it with our dirty hands or sleeves. There was no Diet Coke or Pepsi Light then. But we seldom got sick.
8. Kids do not keep guns or knives. If someone fought, it was just a clean sumbaganay (brawl) and you sometimes had to shake hands even if your lip is bleeding;
9. The sun is our clock. If we see that it is getting dark, we would run home. Otherwise, you would risk being fetched by a belt or tree branch (improvised cane).
10.We watched our mouths around our elders. We would get reprimanded in front of other people if we were disrespectful in any way. We would cower in fear knowing that the next worst thing to happen is a pinch in your ears or a slap on your face.
5 LIFE’S MOST IMPORTANT LESSONS
There are many things I wish my three daughters and every child should know so that they can apply them in their lives.
These are nuggets of wisdom I learned from childhood up to now. I am 50 years old plus. I think I have it.
1. Education is important. You are equipped better facing the world if you are educated. While this may not guarantee your success in the future, getting a diploma is every parent’s dream for their children.
2. Take it slowly. Slowdown. Don’t rush. Weigh down your options. Taking it all at the same time spells burn-out.
3. Appreciate what you have. Do you think your parents will always be there? Your family, friends, money, health, or career are just temporary. So, appreciate these blessings while they are there.
4. Be on the safe side. Whether life-changing decisions or not, always think of your safety and security. No one is to blame but you if things will not turn out good.
5. Pray. Trust His ways. Always ask for guidance. If He closes your door, He will open another. Trust me, it works.
Looking back on your childhood past brings nostalgia. Sometimes you get emotional remembering situations that you overcame; when life is not yet complicated.
Now, we are living in a technology-driven environment. Relationships are getting too impersonal. People are becoming self-centered.
Our pasts and the lessons we learned will see us through as we find our places in the sun.