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ruthless compassion
04 July 2005 @ 09:36 am
agaran invited me to join in on this meme, where the question is:

Five things I miss from my childhood.

So I've been giving it a bit of thought. I had a pretty awesome childhood, which I realized, to some degree, during it, but I have a lot more perspective and appreciation, now, of course. Anyway, I sat down and thought a bit about what I miss from that time.

Ahh, I thought, I miss swimming at Kelly Warm Springs in the summer! But just as I was about to type it up, I realized that although I have fabulous memories of swimming there, catching fish in our silly little nets, big big birthday parties, watching dogs play frisbee in the water, seeing people learning to roll their kayaks, sneaking around in the muck and reeds... I don't actually miss it. Fabulous memories, but no desire to reclaim that activity in my current life.

Moving on, I thought about other activities that I enjoyed as a kid, and most of them fit the same pattern. I loved doing this, that or the other, but I'm not the same person, and so they no longer draw me back in any magnetic way. I enjoyed them; I would probably still enjoy most of them, now, in fact. But I don't feel any missing about them and the fact that I don't do them anymore.

That said, I did, eventually, manage to come up with five things, and I could probably have thought of five more, even, but the fact is, though childhood was fun, adulthood is far better. So far, in the arc of my life, there's a steady incline in how good things are for me. So childhood doesn't hold a strong nostalgia or any sense of, "Oh, those were the days!" Instead, it was a good time, with a lot of frustrations and difficulties, and it clearly paved the way for me to come to where I am now, which I appreciate. I like the childhood-as-strong-foundation model of life, which is lucky, because that's what I've got.

Anyway, on to a few things I "miss" from my childhood.

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I'd like to invite kimcob, psongster and dbang to do this one if they'd like. (And, really, anyone else on my flish, I'd love to read your responses :)
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