I enjoy reading a blog called Thingambaby and the question there today is this one.
Here is my answer. Please feel free to post your own story on your LJ or here in the coments.
My parents did lots of cool things for me as a kid....the only thing is I didn't really think all of them were cool at the time!
Cool thing #1 We went camping a lot. Every weekend in season and sometimes even out of season. We would fish, canoe, hike, bike ride, and once we dug for fossils. My parents took my Girl Scout troop camping...that was not as fun...because we all got some kind of stomach bug. We camped from NJ up to Canada one fall, where I got to put my hands under Niagara Falls, order breakfast sitting next to a Canadian Mountie, and crawl inside cannon at Fort Niagara. We camped from NJ to Virginia one summer. Stopping at every cavern, cave and tourist trap we could find. That trip was cool because we took along my BFF Jen :o) Jen and I wrote postcards, ran away from snakes that were not really snakes and sang a song about chickens
Cool thing#2 They taught me to do stuff with my hands. We chopped wood to heat the house. We grew a garden and canned the veggies. We did construction and demolition on various houses. Dad taught me how to strip paint off a boat, clam with a clam rake, catch a crab out of the Barnegat Bay with nothing but a ball of bread and a string, and build things with both power and hand tools. Mom taught me how to bake, play the dulcimer, take care of babies, weave pine needles into baskets, quilt, knit, crochet, sew clothing, and appreciate anything handmade.
Cool thing#3 Even though I was an only child I was never really alone. At one point my mom was taking care of 8 kids in our home. These children were of all different races and backgrounds. I had playmates and learned to share and play with others. It was like going to daycare but not leaving my house. It was sometimes hard to share my mom with other kids but I now realize that some of these kids really needed my mom.
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