Sunday, January 30, 2005

Reliving Childhood Memories - Looking Back from 94

The conversations my father and I share are lengthy and wide ranging. We spent a good deal of time speaking about politics - he is more Republican leaning, but both of are views are nuanced so we can have good discussions and arguments.

We recalled two childhood experiences that are much common now, at least in urban areas. "BB Guns" and firecrackers. He was given a BB gun by his father when he was about six years old. The BB gun remained in the family and I had it has well. This was one of a collection of nearly 20 toy guns, as I recall - more than any other boy in the neighborhood. Later I also received a BB pistol as a Christmas present. I would build exact replicas of eighteenth century warships out of plasticene and then simulate battles, shooting them up with my BB pistol. This was a great way to pass the time when I was sick. And childhood illnesses were - whooping cough, measles, chicken pox, flu were much longer then. Antibiotics didn't become widely available until I was a teen ager. On the other hand we had the same kind an empathetic family doctor throughout my growing up - and he made house calls!

Both my father and I shared experiences of mischief in which we engaged as boys (I will keep this in confidence). However there were no mass shootings in schools, like Columbine.

Firecrackers were legal when he was growing up - he was born in 1908 - and at least quasi leagal when I was groiwng up, circa 1942-50. He bought me my first cap pistol when I was about six or seven. He recalled when his father took him into the basement and they each shot his fathers derringer into the coal pile so he could see how it worked. I remember the derringer as well, and the service revolver his father carried as a Seventh Regiment Officer. My cousin and I happily played with these guns - fortunately there were no bullets and I can't remember us pointing them at each other.

We did discuss a lot of things other than guns, but these are the things that stick out in my recollection.

You should seek out your grandfather, or great grandfather if you have one (or grandmother or great grandmother) and see if they will share recollections of their childhood with you. This can be great fun, as it was for both of us, this birthday weekend.

23 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi i am totally blown away with the blogs people have created its so much fun to read alot of good info and you have also one of the best blogs !! Have some time check my link of casino game.

2:13 PM  
Blogger Tom Naka said...

Hi i am totally blown away with the blogs people have created its so much fun to read alot of good info and you have also one of the best blogs !! Have some time check my link of health club fort worth
.

5:46 PM  
Blogger Jim Naka said...

I have a toy r us canada site. It pretty much covers toy r us canada related stuff. Check it out if you get time :-)

12:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, you have a great blog here!

I have a island long new pc repair york site. It pretty much covers ##PC Repair## related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time.

7:51 PM  
Blogger seseks said...

Great Blog! Ilike it.But here you can find woman looking for sexTake a look if you have a minute. Thanks and have a good one!

9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heh cool blog you have here!

I noticed you have a nice blog, read all of your links kept me interested for a good time! well done :)

Thanks for a good read instead of some of the other stuff people post here!

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd have to say that I agree with you 100%. You might like this golf town golf site that I came across. Thanks again for your insight.

6:40 AM  
Blogger FriendlyGuy1212 said...

Romance Greeting Card

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Just came across your macafee promotion codes blog. I also have a macafee promotion codes site that may interest your readers. Would love you to stop by for feedback

7:57 PM  
Blogger Johnny said...

Traffic is the life of every website. This free traffic handbook is helpful and update, read it carefully and apply the methods it mentioned, your website traffic will boost!

1:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Informative blog you have here. Here is mine health supplement

6:05 AM  
Blogger The Computer Guys said...

Yo, you have a Terrific blog here! Lots of content means more readers, more readers means more interaction!
I'm definitely going to bookmark you!
I have a
computer repair zone site/blog. It pretty much covers computer repair zone Problems with your Windows Xp Computing !
Come take a Look when you get a chance. :-)

9:32 PM  
Blogger Infactahost.com said...

Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a advertising business consultant internet opportunity site/blog. It pretty much covers advertising business consultant internet opportunity related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time :-)

4:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RSS Announcer instantly and automatically submits your RSS feeds

9:54 AM  
Blogger Infactahost.com said...

Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a banner exchange suggest url site/blog. It pretty much covers banner exchange suggest url related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time :-)

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice Blog about start home based business. I also have a Blog/Website about start home based business which is why I enjoyed this blog so much. Keep up the excellent work! Check out my site if you have a moment.

8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice Blog about free money making home business online. I also have a Blog/Website about free money making home business online which is why I enjoyed this blog so much. Keep up the excellent work! Check out my site if you have a moment.

9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a email free lead site/blog. It pretty much covers email free lead related stuff. Plus you can advertise to billions using our email free lead tools.

Come and check it out if you get time :-)

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like your blog, and will add it to "my favorites". I am new to blogging, but not new to car clubs. I have furnished custom made car badges to dozens of car clubs all over the country. I have a web site that I feel you will find both interesting and informative. Please pay me a visit when you have time.
**car clubs**car club country wash

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you like sports cars, antique cars, classic cars, race cars oe Nascar, you will enjoy my web site.

I make, jewelry quality, custom car badges from your club's logo or design.

Please visit my web site at www.arnirbrown.com

Arnie Brown

**car club****car club*

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Computer Repair Long Island said...

I appreciate it very much, at least I know from it someone is reading the contents I have here.

4:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No deposit bonuses - POKER money bankrolls
all possible free bankrolls free money poker start capital Good luck at the tables.

Chupacabras

2:12 PM  
Blogger Joe Alfred said...

I love your post. It gain my attention.

Computer Repair New York

11:45 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home