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When I Was A Little Kid — 62 Comments

  1. I loved every word of that. The part about your mom made my throat swell with emotion. That’s how I felt about mine, too (and still do, kind of!) and it was a great reminder for me to remember that this, what you wrote about, is where my kids are *right now*. It felt like a call to try to imagine how they feel about me, how they will remember me, in our daily interactions. If that makes sense. Thanks for this.
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  2. Such a thought provoking post. I can relate to so much of it – love that you reread your books over and over. Such great memories. For me the one that hit home was the fact that you didn’t realise then how great it was to see your best friend every day. My two best friends no longer live here on the west coast. One is in New Zealand and the other across the country. Oh to go back to those simpler times …
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  3. Wow. This is amazing and I love it somuch. When I was a little kid…I, too, thought I was the center of everything. Thanks for putting that into words, as that’s what I want for my son (in a non douchy way of course). Great post! And thanks for linking up πŸ™‚
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    • I think it’s an ego-development phase. I remember very distinctly the day that I realized that other people were the center of their own lives, not just on the periphery of mine, lol. πŸ™‚

  4. But LOOK at the woman you are today. You still DIY, and it still holds that wonder you had as a child, working with your dad in the garage.

    Your sneaky reading has developed into awesome writing.

    And whatever else the girl in the photos might have thought, and the woman at the computer now thinks, the way you express yourself suggests that you can still see the world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower.

    Sorry you saw your mum cry though. I never did, but it was one of my fears. She kept it well hidden. Probably on purpose.

    *hugs*

    Keep writing you.
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  5. Wow! That was awesome. I believe all kids think they are the center of the universe. College classes that gave me a degree in Child Development would say it’s “developmentally appropriate” for kids to think that way. As adults, though, I think sometimes we forget how children view the world. I think on some level we are all still waiting to hold the world in the palm of our hands. πŸ™‚
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  6. I love this post. I guess we all do think many of those things, but you wrote it so well. I think that there is so much truth in our adult lives to what we felt and thought as a child and sometimes it is hard to remember that we all came from somewhere. Thank you for your beautiful post. It really made me think.
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  7. I had to take a break from the books at one point. I would have one everywhere I went – one in the car, one at the office, one in my bedroom, etc., so I would always be able to reach for one, but at some point, I was getting confused and starting to think of a character from book A as being in book C, etc. lol. When I was a kid, I actually went so far as to convert my bedroom closet into a library. It had shelves up one side, so I stored my books there and would climb the shelves like a ladder to perch on the top to read while my bestie was down below with her own little table and chair. πŸ™‚
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  8. I loved reading this, Natalie, and seeing the photos that went along with your words. Reading about someone’s childhood does give you glimpses into who they are today – I think most of the time our essence stays the same.
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  9. I love how you structured this, and included so many memories and beliefs of your childhood. They must be universal, because I realized that I really thought most, if not all, of these things when I was little too. You wrote about many things that I hadn’t really thought about, though. I hadn’t thought about how adults always seemed to have expectations of us, and we wanted to grow-up and be magical things or be anything we wanted. Thank you for transporting me back to childhood in this post!

  10. Hi Natalie, this was an amazing post! I think it’s my favorite post of the day! I love that got on a roll, that you put so much of yourself into this but also with enough restraint so as to not drag your reader down or isolate them. This was a perfect nostalgia piece.

    This part broke my heart: “When I was a little kid, I didn’t realize how lucky I was to get to see my best friend everyday, until I couldn’t anymore.”

    One can make so many inferences from that…beautiful. Thank you for sharing (and for also commenting on my blog),

  11. I think you will get to do that too,i.e get to hold the world in the palm of your hand.And I would appear out of the clouds and say,’See I told you’.
    I loved your little girl story.
    Ranu

  12. I love everything about this post. Even from a shear technique point of view… Its so well structured and wonderfully written… When you were a little kid you musta wanted to be a writer!

  13. Aw, this is so wonderful! Makes me want to hug my mom. And my very first cat, Lawrence, who was pretty awesome in his own right.

    I love the flow of your writing and the way you’ve captured that sense of childhood with all its ups and downs.
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  14. Wow, Natalie. Wow. This was the most beautiful thing I’ve read by you. It makes me want to read a whole book this little girl will (has?) write some day. I felt like I was reading this with my heart, not my eyes.

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