Friday, June 08, 2007

Childhood Magic

I can’t begin to tell you just how cute my little nieces are. They make me miss childhood! Don’t get me wrong, I’m very content with my blessed life and I would not ever want to repeat some things, like high school, BUT I miss the magic and the innocence. My sister and I were so blessed to have such a unique upbringing. I say “unique”, knowing that everyone is unique and hence their childhood is too. But compared to fellow Americans (how cool is it that I can say that now) growing up in Zimbabwe, moving to South Africa, having parents in the Ministry etc is rather unique. A fun fact about me is that the first night I ever slept through as a baby was in an underground bomb shelter during a mortar attack! However, having said all that, growing up in Zimbabwe was truly magical. Of course we didn’t know any different, but it still was. I say that because life was so simple. As far as reminiscing about childhood goes, I often have more in common with Steve’s’ parents than I do him!! We were given a TV when I was 10, so I grew up reading books and playing with the fairies in the backyard. My sister and I would play games in the summer holidays and we both had such creative imaginations, which were cultivated through the simplicity of our life in Zim. This brings me back to the innocence and awe in my little nieces. We went on an action packed day trip around LA on Sunday (you can read my sisters blog to see pictures and hear all about it). While we were in Hollywood, we stopped at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. As you know there are bunches of movie character impersonators that stand out front, and you can pose with them and have your pictures taken. The catch is that you have to tip them if you want a picture. Well, Kaela (4) was just so enamored with all these characters; she kept running up to them with such confidence, grabbing their hand and posing. It was truly the funniest thing to watch. Kevin kept forking over these one-dollar bills, and finally just swooped her up in his arms to carry her before the ones were gone. As I was watching this, 2 things struck me. Besides how funny this was of course, it was amazing to see how much she has grown in her confidence since arriving here 7 months ago. On day 4 in the states we went to Disneyland and good ol’ Winnie the Pooh, scared her half to death. And here she was grabbing his hand with not a care in the world! And that was the other part that struck me! Just how carefree she was. For all she knew, she really was holding Winnie the Pooh’s hand and having the best time doing it. That’s the kind of childhood magic I miss!!

2 Comments:

Blogger becky c said...

Sounds wonderful, Sharon! But I do have to ask... Tell me more about the "fairies" in your backyard in Zimbabwe???

8:27 PM  
Blogger The Garrods said...

Hey Sahz we were truly blessed with simplicity of life! There are far to many options today and nothing left to the imagination! AM glad you are enjoying seeing things through your nieces eyes!

2:21 PM  

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