My Childhood Home

A post over at Lifenut’s gave me a fun idea for a meme. I’d like you all to consider writing about your childhood home. It doesn’t matter how big or small it was. All the memories don’t have to be picture-perfect. If you moved a lot, it’s fine to pick one favorite house. What I want to hear are details that were important to you as a child: your secret hideout under the stairs, the single-paned picture window you licked and froze your tongue to one winter morning, the backyard tree you climbed, the way your mother washed your hair in the kitchen sink every Saturday night, or any other strong indelible memory you have.

On Friday, July 20th, put your post up on your blog. I’ll put a Mr. Linkie up on my blog so that you can sign in with the address of your post. If you don’t have a blog (Marian!!), you can leave your story in my comments section on the 20th. Then you can go to visit others who are sharing their own memories. I think that reading each other’s childhood memories of ‘home’ will help us as parents get a better feel for the types of things that make childhood memorable for children.

I’d love it if you’d mention this writing prompt on your blog. Email me (owlhaven at aol dotcom) if you’d like a button to put in your post. I hope to read memories from many!

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  1. Great idea! I already know what I’m writing.

    Now, I just have to remember 🙂

  2. What a great idea. My childhood home has been on my heart lately. I’ll do it, for sure.

  3. That sounds so fun! Count me in!

  4. This is a great idea. I put up a post about it at my place:

    http://charmingdelightful.blogspot.com/2007/07/childhood-home-meme.html

    I can’t wait to read everyone’s stories.

  5. One of my favorite memories was playing with my younger brothers and sisters in our very cool back yard. It had a nice large irregular shaped cement patio, we would all drive around, some on tricycles, bicycles & wagons. My favorite was a ride-on toy tractor that had a trailor that could be pulled or taken off, loaded and dumped.

    Over in the corner of the yard there was a big cut out circle with an orange tree growing in the center of it, so the cement going around the tree was like a “real road”. We were able to snack in our own back yard which was very fun and the oranges could be “taken to market” in the trailor. That’s where I learned a valuable lesson that I have used many times as an a adult, how to back up a trailor!

  6. I love the button. Did one of your kids draw that?

  7. Button please.

  8. Thanks for the open invitation to clog up your comments section. I’ll try to stop back. =)

  9. I love this! My husband was recently away on business and so the job of bedtime stories fell to me. I decided to tell my boys about when I was little and all of the fun I had. Of course, when I was young “fun” happened in our yard, or in the attic, or on the front porch. Not in front of the computer or tv, as much is the case these days. Can’t wait to write about it!

  10. Wonderful! I’ll post an announcement about it on Monday to send folks your way.

  11. Sounds like a fun idea! I will probably wait til Monday to post about it, too — I have several posts in mind for today and the weekend and it would just get lost in the shuffle if I posted it before Monday.

  12. What a great idea. I immediately had like 5 ideas, stuff that I hadn’t thought of in years until this very moment. That’s too cool…

  13. bloginmyeye says:

    So, being that I’m relatively new at this blogging thing AND that I’m about to take a little bloggy vacation…I wrote an early entry and I’m linking to it here cause I just don’t know about all that autoposting techie craziness and stuff. Y’all have fun at your bloggy carnival. Love the idea! -e.
    http://bloginmyeye.wordpress.com/2007/07/13/split-level-personality/

  14. This is a wonderful idea! I’ve shared it on my Monday Morning Munchies today hoping to spread the word even more. Can’t wait to see and read the outcome!!!

  15. I love this idea! I first saw your button over at She lives.

    I’ve included your button and a link in my latest post at Chrysalis entitled, “How to Write your Autobiography.”

    http://chrysaliscom.blogspot.com/2007/07/practical-life-how-to-write-your.html

    It doesn’t quite fit your stated criteria, but I’ve written another piece about our *current home* at my other blog Chrysalis Press, entitled “Berber or Shag?”

    http://chrysaliscom.wordpress.com/2007/07/18/autobiography-home-interiors/

    Thanks for hosting this great meme. Blessings, e-Mom

  16. I like this idea I need a button

  17. Sounds fun! Add me too! I need a button.

  18. This is my first visit over here,,, i am glad i found you because this sounds like so much fun!!!! I linked you back for details!

  19. Sounds like fun. Count me in.

  20. This sounds like fun! I just recently started my blog and I’m recalling lots of stuff about my childhood home (where my parents still live) that I want to write about. This will be a good way to meet more blogging friends. I’ll send an e-mail for the button.

    Thanks!

  21. Sounds great! I’ll be here Friday. 🙂

  22. Great idea…can I have a button please? Thanks!
    Mariah

  23. ooops. sorry. try this one for the blog! 🙂

  24. This sounds super fun – I’d like a button too, please!

  25. I’d like a button too please!

  26. I have been on vacation until last night- and my blog needs some “umpf” so this will be just the thing! 🙂

  27. I’d love a button so I can join in tomorrow. Thanks for hosting and the great idea!

  28. What fun! I’m in!

  29. I really like this idea! So glad I found your blog. I will put up my post sometime tomorrow 😀

  30. I posted mine today!!!

  31. Mine’s up!!! 🙂

    Thanks for the GREAT trip down memory lane! 🙂