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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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evilnicola
Feb. 4th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
Joining the SCA. Hands down coolest thing my parents have ever done for me
liamstliam
Feb. 4th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
I am smiling.

Somehow I knew you'd have a quick comment here.
caitlindancer
Feb. 4th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Coolest things my parents did for me:

1. Camping--all through New England and up to Prince Edward Island.

2. Definitely joining the SCA!

3. Taught us all to appreciate the closeknit family we have.
fairestyarrow
Feb. 4th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
#1: retired early, moved back to the family farm, and raised my sisters & I there while working the farm, and started a college fund for me when I was born.

#2: took us camping, bushwhacking, & mountain climbing all over Maine from an early age*

#3: took me out of grade school at the drop of a hat to go places with them, such as trade shows & agricultural days

#4: 4-H from "pixie" to age 16 or so.
fairestyarrow
Feb. 4th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
* I have an amusing story about climbing Tumbledown Mountain with my arm in a cast, which I should tell you some time :)
staceyspins
Feb. 4th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
That's the one thing I never did...break my arm. And it wasn't for a lack of falling down!

I would like to hear that story :o)
rlg
Feb. 4th, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
1) camping, of course. I probably know more about camping than some of the current crop of girl scouts, which is sad in some ways.

2) putting me to work, I didn't get an allowance, I got a job, the weekend I turned 14. It was work delivering phone books for the company that employed my mom, but it had a paycheck.

3) rewiring light switches and outlets, checking oil and brake fluid, and changing tires. Because every dad should teach his little girls that.
theresat
Feb. 5th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
While my parents did many cool things for me when I was younger, here's a few that spring to mind.

As evilnicola said, bringing us into the SCA. They could have left us at gramma's very easily, but they got us involved, and through the SCA taught us the importance of family, volunteering, and finding things that interest you.

Speaking of things that interest you, my parents were great about getting me involved in whatever activity I was interested in. While that sometimes meant cutting deals with me (you pay for half of the guitar, we'll pay for the other half), they always supported me, and (while probably cursing me silently) helped me out if I got in too deep (overnight gymnastics camp one summer when I called crying and asked them to come get me, for example).

Getting me deeply involved in reading, from reading to me as a small child, bringing me to bookstores as I got older, making sure we had bookshelves in our bedrooms, and on and on, was a wonderful thing they did for me. The fact that one of the most important things in my house remains my bookshelf certainly says something about the impact all of those actions had.

There's some quick pieces from me.
theresat
Feb. 5th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)
Oh, also, showing us that "mommy" roles and "daddy" roles weren't strict by any sense. They both stepped outside traditional gender roles and showed us that it's more important to do what makes you happy than what society says you should do.
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