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Can you remember the happiest moment of your childhood?

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Offline Simon Smith-Wilson
08 Dec 2011, 07:32 PM | Post: #1


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Can you remember the happiest moment of your childhood?

I thought I would copy my latest blog here. My last few posts here were on the suicide subject, which is a very dark subject, so I wanted to focus on something really positive and uplifting! The blog is in full below.

I will keep this blog short, as I don’t want to take up too much of your time, or be too soppy. I took down a box from the attic today and found loads of old CD’s inside. They are mostly theme tunes of T.V shows or movies that I burned onto C.D when I was a kid, but when I played the CD’s they brought back really happy memories. They reminded me of things I haven’t thought about in years, but allowed me to remember them in great detail.

They reminded me of my two best friends growing up, Danny and Mark, and all the crazy adventures we used to go on. They reminded me of sleep over’s where we stayed up all night laughing like lunatics. They reminded me on my Grandma and all the fun I used to have seeing all my cousins, aunties and uncles up in Liverpool. They reminded me of Katie and Tess, my old dogs, and some of the amazing sights I have witnessed in my life. One song in particular brought back a memory I haven’t thought about in a long time.

It was the day I was sat out in the new forest. I was listening to my I-Pod. I was miles away from the nearest town. It was a beautiful summer’s day. My bike was up against the tree. I was sat with my back against the tree. It was just a lovely day and then out of nowhere a stag, with massive antlers, walked into the clearing. He must have been five foot from me. I just sat in silence, as this beautiful creature stood before me.

I am not one to dwell on the past. I embrace the past. I embrace the good things and the very bad things. My beautiful Lakeland Terrier Katie was my world. My family picked her up when I was one years old. Aged six she saved me when I was attack by a dog. We were joined at the hip. She was my best friend and my partner in crime. All of my happiest memories involve Katie. Thinking about the savage attack that killed her, aged eighteen, still breaks my heart to this day, but the C.D’s in this box just brought back so many memories of her.

I wrote, The Legend of the Hermit Master, to keep her memory alive. It was a way for me to come to terms with her death. Of course she died eight years ago, but I would be so upset every time I thought about her. I remember someone saying “Who would want to read a book about a dog?” but the point wasn’t to sell books. I wanted to do something for my best friend and now I can think about Katie and smile. I get so many e-mails from readers saying how they can feel how much I loved Katie and that most end up in tears because of the emotional content in the book. I think it is because every dog lover or cat lover has lost a precious friend in their lives and they relate to the emotions in the story.

So, I will leave you with one of my favourite pieces of music from my childhood. It is from Final Fantasy 7. A game I used to play when I was a kid, but I played this song a million times on my I-pod. This song brings back so many memories of Katie. I would love to hear your stories too. Can you remember the happiest moment from your childhood? Where were you? Who were you with? What were you doing there? And why does that one memory stay with you to this day?

Thank you for listening to me talk about Katie.

You can find the song here at the bottom of the page.

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Offline cecilia_writer Reading Murder by the Glass by Lynda Wilcox
11 Dec 2011, 05:07 PM | Post: #2

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RE: Can you remember the happiest moment of your childhood?

Simon - that was so moving I don't know how I can follow it, but it does deserve some follow-up so here goes.
I had to think hard about this -partly because my childhood is now rather a long time ago! There were lots of good times that all seem to have merged into one long summer holiday with trips to the beach near where we lived, when we would make campfires and play around on the rocks and swim. But probably the occasion that stands out for me is when my mother invited almost every child in the village to my brother's birthday party and it was complete and utter chaos! I remember having to improvise a lot more tables etc than we actually had. Lots of other mothers came along to serve up the birthday tea and my mother, who was very good at this kind of thing, planned lots of games - the best one was the string game where there was a string for each child and all the strings were tangled up all over the ground floor of the house and if you followed your string to the end there was a little present.
The reason for this party, and actually what was best about it was that my brother had been seriously ill in hospital not long before with measles encephalitis, and my mother wanted to celebrate the fact that he was still with us. I knew at the time this was why we were hosting such a big party, but I don't think I really understood the full significance until I had my own sons.
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Offline LiamMacfarlane
03 May 2019, 09:14 AM | Post: #3

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RE: Can you remember the happiest moment of your childhood?

My happiest childhood moment when I was given a puppy. I really wanted him for several years and I could persuade my parents to do it. Now I have a German shepherd. I checked far off any website when I was looking for the best food for my dog. It turned out to be harder than I thought. Not so many good shops. If you know a good pet store then write me a private message.

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