Saturday, May 18, 2013

I Never Knew Me A Better Time

Day 18 – Write about a memory from your childhood. Be as descriptive as possible.

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Writing about childhood memories is actually really difficult for me. I’m sort of horrible at remembering the details of stories unless I’m recounting them amongst my family. Otherwise, I’m miserable at recalling it all.

For some reason today I keep thinking about this memory I have of a camping trip we took when I was in elementary school. We went camping several times when I was a kid, so lots of details seem to blend together. The smell of campsites as you roll in, the seemingly sprawling (to my kid mind) lakes we usually would camp on, the inevitable playgrounds these places had which were most likely in no way up to code.

However, this particular memory revolves around a song I was obsessed with at the time. I feel like it was one of the first trips we took that I had my yellow plastic Walkman to listen to on the drive up. And what was I listening to? Why, my mom’s cassette tape album of Elton John’s ‘Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player’ (yes I had to look that up, but wow, I haven’t seen that album cover in years!). Specifically I was obsessed with ‘Crocodile Rock’ and played it over and over again during our time camping and when I wasn’t listening to it, I was running around singing it. I’m sure that got really old for my family, but damn I was obsessed that song! To this day, whenever I hear it, I’m reminded of that trip.

So yeah, it wasn’t really a significant moment in my childhood or anything like that, but for some reason when I read the writing prompt for today, it was the first thing that popped into my mind.

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