As I walk through the woods in Greensboro, NC I’m reminded of my childhood. There’s something about certain environments that transport you back through the filmstrip of your past.
I’m surrounded by vines, dead leaves, and empty trees. I am encompassed by nature. When I was in elementary school I lived in Gaithersburg, MD. There was nothing I loved more than going outside with my brother and the neighbors down the street. I’ll sound ABSOLUTELY ancient when I say this, but things were extremely simple then.
There were no cell phones, no Facebook, no Twitter. You had your friends. Not your social media networked friends, but the ones that lived down the street.
I know that I’m 25 and that it wasn’t that long ago, BUT it seriously was entirely different. Dear Lord, I’m teaching students who were born around that time!
We used to love playing simple games, but every now and again we would go adventuring. TJ and Kevin Sottek had an amazing backyard. It wasn’t large, but it was unique. It stretched 20 feet beyond the house and then dropped steeply about 30 feet. In the winter, sledding was amazing.
That hill led not to another house, not to a fence, but to an acre of bamboo. Countless hours were spent in our “castle” cutting and hacking away in order to make walkways. But this was more than just hanging out. We were formulating an cementing bonds for, what I had assumed to be life. As a kid, it made sense to me.
The best part about this bamboo is that I could travel from my backyard, through the woods on the right, past the next door neighbors, right into the bamboo. It was our own refuge from the world, from our parents, from the problems we thought were larger than life. It was our chance to escape and enjoy our own worlds, and our own rules.
Crunch, crunch, snap!
It’s moments like this that I live for. Moments that remind me of a more innocent time. Many of us trudge through life everyday weighed down by our stresses and responsibilities. It’s these moments that allow me to escape from that. As I sat there in the woods during the photo shoot I was a part of (one of those photos above), I got lost in a memory and the day got brighter and warmer.
Write about one of those moments where something transported you back into your childhood. What what the trigger? What was the moment? How did you feel?