Childhood Benefits: What I Miss As An Adult
As an adult, I have found that there are many things that I miss from childhood. Though some childhood benefits seem foolish as an adult, I wish I could still have several of them. With all of the hassles that we have to deal with as adults, it would be nice to be able to enjoy these things.
When you were a kid, did you enjoy nap time? If you were anything like me, you probably did anything but nap. I remember in kindergarten laying on my mat and just staring at the classroom decorations. Granted, that probably helped a great deal in color, shape, and number memorization. But I doubt it really helped me get any rest.
As an adult, there are so many times that I get back to the office from lunch that I just want to take a nap. And there are those Sunday afternoons where I would love nothing more than to take a nap. But as adults, we often just can’t find the time for a good nap.
There was another childhood benefit that I did take full advantage of. That was recess. For the most part, recess was one of my favorite parts of the school day in elementary school. As carved up as my time was as a kid, a lot of times recess was the only time spent with my friends.
As an adult, I don’t even need a playground for recess. Just some time to decompress from the worries and stress of the day would be enough. As a kid, I spent recess with my friends. But now, I would most likely just spend the time on me.
Time With Papaw
The thing that I miss the most from my childhood is the time spent with my papaw, my mom’s father. My parent’s divorce left my mom as a single mother of an only child for about 3 years. During that time, her parents were her most fervent supporters. Part of that support was keeping me while mom was at work. This included during the day when I wasn’t in school as well as afternoons after school.
Even after mom remarried, they continued to watch me during those times when my parents were working. Some of my favorite memories of my childhood were my times with papaw. Whether it was him being first in line every day to pick me up from school or our summertime flea market trips, I miss all of those moments with him.
He’s been gone for almost two years now, and there is rarely a day that goes by that I don’t miss him. He was a huge part of my formative years, and probably one of the two single biggest influences in my life. If anyone was an example in my life of how to be a real man, it was him.
Growing Older But Not Up
As we grow up, there are many things that we have to put away from our childhood. Even though those things may be in the past, the memories of our childhood benefits last a lifetime.
Housekeeping: ASMRList.com appears to no longer be an active site, so I’ve removed references to it from the ASMR: Did You Feel That Sound? post. However, I have replaced the information for it with information about an app called Tingles, so be sure to check that out.
Teaser: Speaking of ASMR, next time we’ll delve a little deeper into that topic and take a look at some specific triggers and videos.