Wednesday

A box of childhood memories



About a year ago, my mum brought around a box filled with a bunch of stuff I'd left behind when I moved out of her house. I finally got around to having a look through it and I thought it would be interesting to record what I found. Most of the items in here are from the late 90s, but there were also a couple of items as late as 2007. It's like a little time capsule documenting my childhood!
This little drawing was hanging on my bedroom wall until we moved house when I was 7. You can see it says '89 on the left. As my brother was born in September '89, and also had one of these on his wall, I assume they were bought to celebrate his birth.  
A very faded printout of me and my Grandma on a cruise ship in 2000, when I was 11. The outfit I'm wearing was actually my Grandma's- They were silk pyjama-style clothes that she bought in China and I was obsessed with them! 
 Another Christmas present! This has got some real crackers in it! 
 To say some of these never really took off is a bit of an understatement :-7
A newsletter from another cruise, about 6 months before the one above. I was well travelled as a kid! 

For Christmas 1999, my mum bought me a couple of Charmed books (I was the sort of child who would read above their age range!). It started a little craze for the TV show that lasted 4 years or so. Funnily enough, I'm in the middle of re-watching it from the beginning. Phoebe has always been my favourite! 
Even before I got into Charmed, I was interested in "the occult". I was a strange kid!. I cut out all the spells from Mizz magazine (Why on Earth were there spells printed in a pre-teen girls' magazine?) and kept them together in a folder. I went through another brief phase when I was 16 but I'm over that now. I'm just a muggle. 

Good job on spelling your own name, 7-year-old Becky! I teach 7 year olds and I would expect them to be able to spell their own names. Maybe I wasn't as intelligent as I thought I was! 

"Including books". I love the way I specified the books, as if it's totally normal to sleep with piles on books in your bed. Yes, I would do that. I told you I was a big reader! 
The things 9 year old girls write to each other! Katie was my best friend at school and sent me this postcard from Walt Disney World Florida. 
My GCSE English literature coursework. I've put an apostrophe in "stanzas". What was wrong with me?
Wow, was I cool in 2005 or what?
I remember that My Chemical Romance issue of Kerrang! well. It was August 2005. I was holidaying in Exeter with my very religious grandparents when I bought it and they were horrified by the subheading: "Death. Drugs. Revenge. They're not okay". I found myself sitting in a seaside cafe explaining the methaphorical lyrics and Gerard Way's recovery to a couple of pensioners. Just what every emo kid needs! 

22 comments :

  1. Aww I've not seen my Brownie Guides book in years, I'd love to see what I wrote in mine. I've got a memory box, I've not been through it in years - it may be time to dig it out! I love looking through old memories, it's surprising the things that you find.
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  2. Loved this post! I read Mizz as well but was too much of a geek to use those totally cool text messaging symbols, haha :)
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    1. Haha I don't remember if I used them but I definitely used txt spk!

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  3. Aww I loved this post. I have so many shoe boxes filled with thing from my pre teen/teen years, I never though to do a post on it though :)

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    1. Aaw, I wish you would. It would be great to see them!

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  4. awww I have my memory box at home :( I am from El Salvador, but now I am in Costa Rica.
    good stuff

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    1. I bet yours has some really interesting stuff!

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  5. Aww I loved this post. I love looking through old memories, it's surprising the things that you find. Children’s book printing

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    1. There was so much I'd forgotten about!

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  6. Such a good post! I would not be brave enough to show the contents of my childhood box....it probably has loads of "collectable" Harry Potter coins in it!

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  7. omg I swear i had that little txt book aswell hahaha!
    xx
    www.ayellowbrickblog.com

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  8. Ohhh this is a fantastic post! Yay for being a weird kid who is into spells! Charmed was, and always will be, awesome.

    I once tried to summon fairies and leprechauns in the back garden. Fun times.

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    1. I was SUCH a weird kid. I used to try and summon fairies too haha!

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  9. I love that green day sign! That album got me through my first year of uni! Even now I feel a little melancholy when 'wake me up when September ends' comes on! Struggling to believe it was 9 years ago! Lol

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    1. 10 years ago this year! It was released in 2004!!! EEK!

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  10. I want that book of text messages. OMG.

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    1. It's the greatest book ever written!

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  11. That text message book really made me giggle! I remember buying that MCR issue of Kerrang! I'd dread to think of what would be in my memory boxes!
    Kloe xx
    skullsnkisses.blogspot.co.uk

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