Happiness List Week 11

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This week’s list challenge is to share things that made you happy as a child.

There were so many things that brought me joy as a child on our family farm. Here are a few of them in no particular order:

  • Going with my dad. I loved getting to go along with him, no matter what he was doing. If I got to go irrigating with him, it usually meant I would be plied with candy.
  • Ice cream. I seriously loved ice cream (and still do!). The arrival of the Schwan’s truck was  cause for celebration.
  • Reading. I’ve always loved getting lost in a story. My mom read me bedtime stories and then, when I was old enough to read to myself, I did.
  • The county library. Generally, once a month Mom would take me to the library where I’d stock up on books for the next several weeks. They’d let me check out twelve at a time – and I generally hauled out the maximum limit each visit.
  • Horses. We always had horses on the place and I loved to watch them run and play and graze almost as much as I loved riding.
  • Dogs. I got my first dog when I was about six and it was love at first sight. Of course I played with the other farm dogs before then, but it was something different to have my very own dog.
  • Playing outside. I spent many happy hours just playing outside – whether it was a game of pretend (there were many, many of those games) to riding my bicycle and later my motorbike, I enjoyed being outside with the sun on my face and the freedom I felt in the great outdoors.
  • Baking with my mom. Rarely a day went by that Mom didn’t bake something. I learned by watching her, then by playing with my little Easy-Bake oven, then my experimenting on my own.
  • Pretty things. Even as a little girl, I loved pretty things… like dresses and flowers and beautiful dishes. Some things, I guess I’ll never outgrow.

Do you recall anything from your childhood that made you happy or brought you great joy?

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