Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Childhood Comfort Zone

When I was young sports was a big part of my life. I took gymnastics and played football and kickball with the neighborhood kids and any other sport we could think of. We played baseball, went swimming, and rode our bikes everywhere. We were never inside for too long.

Those were the days! We didn't have more than 3 channels on TV and there was no such thing as video games so we made up our own games or played games that our parents had, such as tag and hide and seek. 

My father's best friend was also an ex-pro football player, Ted Greene, and he took my dad to all sorts of events and games and he got to meet a lot of the greats like Vince Lombardi, and others, so football was huge in my life.

In fact, I took pride in the fact that only one kid in our entire neighborhood could tackle me. Big time tomboy here, let me tell you. 

So when it turns to fall and I hear football on the TV it comforts me and takes me back to the fun times of going to our parents friend's houses to watch the game and BBQ and playing with the kids outside until it was dark. Sometimes my dad would take me to the game in Cincinnati. 

My father taught me a lot about the game and I still enjoy watching it. The Broncos have done well this year and it's been great getting to go to a game and tailgating, my first time doing that, and most of all, cheering for our team and seeing them go this far in the season.

So it's a comfort zone for me. Remembering time with my dad, my "uncle" Ted and the game itself.

What are some of the things that brings you back to the good old days? The memories that make you feel comforted and happy? I would love to know!

Until Friday, I hope you enjoyed the excerpt from Lore and look forward to the next book in the Lorn Prophecy series. We sure do!

Have a great week all and GO BRONCOS!!

Love, Lisa

10 comments:

  1. Music for me Lisa - I'm enjoying teaching both my boys how to play guitar. But football for me too (though we play ours with a round ball). My younger son is a rugby player though and that's surprisingly similar to American football.

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    1. It is fun to relive those years when your kids are young. My son joined football a couple of years and of all things, Westernaires, which is a horse riding organization. We are now watching our grandkids in basketball. My granddaughter plays the piano and loves it, speaking of music. I was musically inclined as a child. Played violin and later drums! I miss some of the good times we had as kids. It's too bad the kids today don't get out and play like we used to.

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  2. Wow! I haven't thought of Uncle Ted for a while (at least a month or two). He was a very special man...you forgot to mention that it was him and Judy who introduced our mom and dad. And the rest, as they say, is history! :0)
    Ted played for the Dallas Texans from 1960-1963 (I believe).
    GO BRONCOS!

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    1. Yes,, and later became the Kansas City Chiefs. I tried to find old pics of him but to no success.

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  3. The good old days? Playing ball and skipping outside during long summer days. Fish and chips out of newspaper. Music of the 60's. Watching lambs born on the Farm. Spending time with my Father. The latter... such valuable memories. Of course, I always looked forward to the future with hope and confidence of good times ahead.

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    1. I'm with you on looking forward too Lady M. But now I get to watch my grandkids in their school performances and sports. Not to mention, my granddaughter who plays piano. They were valuable memories and every time it's football season it takes me back to the good old days!

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  4. Well I'm not much of a sports fan, Lisa, although I do watch when the Chargers play once in a while. Usually most of my great childhood memories come from reminiscing with my sisters by phone about our childhood on the farm where we played many of the old games you mentioned. We did play baseball in the pasture once in a while with our cousins, Between all of us, we had enough for two teams. We made it interesting by using the cow pies as bases. That got messy at times when we'd get carried away with enthusiasm.

    We were hardly ever inside either preferring to play outside where we would invent games, make mud pies, have chinaberry fights with homemade sling shots, or eat watermelon in our underwear. Wadng in the muddy ditches after it rained was also another great event, but my mother hated it when we did that. We didn't even have a TV at all until I was six. It was a small B/W one and my dad loved the old westerns, so sometimes we would crowd around and sit on the floor to watch Gunsmoke, his favorite show.

    He was always working in the fields, so we didn't spend a lot of time with him, but he made the best hamburgers I ever had. And he'd always take us to the fairgrounds in town to see fireworks on the Fourth of July and during the county fair. Once in a while, we also went to the dollar-a-carload drive-in movies in the summers. Those were the days. Some of those adventures are posted to one of my blogs.

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    1. sounds like you had a lot of fun when you were a kid Sunni! I had forgotten about going to the drive in! I loved doing that, even when I had my kids!

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  5. Baseball, track, boxing, and martial arts. Those are my sports. Played football, and basketball, the latter, just to please my dad. He played pro basketball in the Caribbean League. What ever that was. Every time I watch a track meet, I am flooded with such great memories of my dad, cheering me onto victory. He never missed one of my meets. I can still see him on the stands. Miss him dearly. Thank you. This post stirred some great memories. Blessings.

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    1. That's cool your dad played pro-ball even if it wasn't actually in the states. I remember taking track in school. I wasn't very good at running far distances. i used to get that side ache. Hated that lol! I'm glad you took a trip down memory lane and that you enjoyed it! Take care my friend!

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