I had a very happy childhood so it’s difficult to choose a specific memory. The time before I went to school (I never went to pre-school/crèche) we stayed with my Grandmother in Benoni, South Africa. That was also next door to 3 of my cousins. So it was me and my brother (the older siblings were out of the house and in the army respectively), and then 3 cousins constantly playing as soon as they got out of school. I used to wait for them to come home from school, and then we’d play until it was time to go to bed. I’m not sure how happy they were with a much younger kid hanging out with them, but I loved it. I can remember there was a gate between the houses, but we never used it, we always used a ladder to climb over the wall.
That was also the first time (and last time) I saw proper snow. That was in 1981 when I was 4 years old. I can remember building a snow man, and we build small houses. Then we had a snowball fight, and one of the cousins threw snow down the back of my shirt, which meant I was wet in the snow. My Mom then took me inside and wrapped me all warm and gave me soup to warm me up. Last year (2012) it snowed again, but where I stayed you could see the snow on your clothes, and there was a bit of snow on the grass, but not enough to cover it.
In that same time period I can also remember driving with my parents to go and look at the Christmas lights, and going to the circus. Oh, and I almost forgot, I also drove my brothers Mini in the yard. I can’t imagine letting my 4 year old drive a car.
Only day 2 and I almost couldn’t post. First didn’t have internet and then got home late from a kiddies party. Now dealing with two overtired kids that doesn’t want to go to bed.
Back to the favourite quotes:
I love funny quotes more than inspirational ones. Unfortunalety for some of them I don’t know where it originated:
I love giving homemade gifts. Which one of the kids would you like.
Babies are like tattoos. You see other peoples’ & they’re cool, but yours is never as good & you can’t get rid of it.
ARE YOU CARB LOADING FOR A MARATHON?
NO, JUST FOR HAPPINESS.
A rock musician plays three chords to thousands of people and a jazz musician plays thousands of chords to three people – Frank Zappa
They know me in a way no one ever has
They open me to things I never knew existed.
They drive me to insanity and push me to my depths
They are the beat of my heart, the pulse of my veins,
and the energy in my soul
They are my kids
Without music, life would be a mistake. – Friedrich Nietzsche
Then quite a few from The Unbearable Lightness of Being:
In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia.
• For there is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one’s own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.
• No, vertigo is something other than the fear of falling. It is the voice of emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves.
• The brain appears to possess a special area which we might call poetic memory and which records everything that charms or touches us, that makes our lives beautiful.
• Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost.
I saw a blogging challenge on Love, Harmony, Peace about a blogging challenge from Fabulous Finds by Tiffany and decided to join. Will still see if I’m actually going to do it, because I’m very good with starting something, but not with finishing it.
Here is the details
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