E.M.’s Sunday Ramble Prompt — Childhood Memories

It’s time once again for E.M. Kingston’s The Sunday Ramble. Her prompt is based upon a certain topic about which she asks five questions. We are invited to ramble on about that topic however we wish. Today’s topic is “Childhood Memories.

I’m an old guy and my childhood memories are ancient history, but I will try as best I can to answer E.M.’s questions from my distant past.

1. What is your first good memory from your childhood?

I have this vague memory of hearing a recording my parents made of me singing “Rudolph the Red-Noses Reindeer” when I was about four years old. I remember thinking that the voice on the record didn’t sound like my voice. I also remember everyone laughing at me when they listened to the recording because, when I sang the last line, You’ll go down in history, I didn’t know what the word “history” was, so when I sang it, it came out, You’ll go down in his story.

2. Name 3 things that you loved when you were just a youngster?

  1. The Good Humor ice cream truck every afternoon in the summer.
  2. Snow days when school was canceled in the winter.
  3. Comic books year round.

3. What did you dislike, or even hate, when you were growing up?

I can’t think of too many things I truly disliked or hated. I didn’t like spinach. I didn’t like most medicines, and I didn’t like Frank Morris because he was a bully.

4. If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would you tell them?

Don’t sweat the small stuff.

5. What kind of celebrations did you enjoy when you were little, and do you still like those celebrations now that you are grown?

Birthday parties. Today? Meh.

Bonus Question: What commercial did you always wait for to come on television as a child?

I used to love car commercials, especially at the annual model year changes. And, of course, toy commercials.

6 thoughts on “E.M.’s Sunday Ramble Prompt — Childhood Memories

  1. Marleen May 22, 2022 / 9:29 pm

    I most identify with snow days. I got ice cream other places.

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  2. Marleen May 23, 2022 / 5:29 pm

    I wonder how many of us have kept recordings we ever had of ourselves. I’ve had recordings (from when I was very young), but don’t have any of them. My dad’s family played a vinyl record of my dad for my mom when they were dating. When I was with Mom, last summer, she thought it made sense to tell me she had it and recently threw it away. I’m trying to tell myself it doesn’t matter.

    I must say the ice cream truck, and every day of summer no less, sounds wonderfully nostalgic. That particular truck is snazzy. I only saw such dispensaries (not quite the same) once in a while. They came around more frequently, maybe once per week, in the neighborhood of my closest cousins (the daughters of my mom’s twin). That community had a truck, too, that came to spray for mosquitoes.

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  3. E.M. Kingston May 23, 2022 / 8:43 pm

    I think my dad used to have a toy car of the Good Humor ice cream truck. Thanks for bringing that memory to me, because I probably have it in his things somewhere. 🙂 I am not a fan of spinach or bullies either. Thanks for rambling with me, Fandango 🙂

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  4. Marleen May 23, 2022 / 9:35 pm

    It’s been fun thinking of the four-year-old pondering the sounds on the recording… plus the reactions of people who listened. It’s fun remembering singing that song, too, which I also liked.

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  5. leigha66 May 24, 2022 / 7:24 pm

    We didn’t have an ice cream truck until we were much older, but when we would visit family in Omaha every summer there was always an ice cream truck! Yummm!

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