Childhood Memories

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No matter how many years pass, there are certain items that automatically recall happy childhood memories and instantly bring a smile to my face. I hope you also have such items.

Unicorns — I collected unicorns for years. Eventually, lots of people collected them, so I began to purchase only extra beautiful or unusual ones. I still have several of them. They still make me smile, so they are still here.

Snow globes — I used to love to shake them and watch the “snow” fall. Absolutely fascinated me. Today, I have a small collection, which did not begin until about 10 years ago. As a child, we moved rather often, so no childhood snow globes made it to my adulthood. They made me smile, but that unicorn collection was more important to me then.

Teddy bears — I had a big purple and white one that was bigger than I was at the age of 5. He was a BIG teddy bear. Today, whenever I see a cute teddy bear — and the color doesn’t much matter — I smile, and if possible, poke it in the belly or squish its paws. I also ALWAYS buy at least four teddy bears as part of my annual Toys for Tots donation.

I do still own a couple of teddy bears. One sits on top of a shelf in my classroom, and watches over the room. About once a year, a boy asks me why I have a teddy bear in the classroom. Usually, before I can even answer, a girl says, “Because he’s cute.” (My students are 11th and 12th graders.)

I also have two Christmas bears at home. During the holiday season, they receive a special place on the sofa; however, the rest of the year, they sit on the guest bed in the loft. Oddly, none of my pets have ever bothered them. (Two current cats, but I’ve had several dogs over the years.)

Unicorns, snow globes, and teddy bears certainly make me smile. So do seashells, cherished books, and pixie dust, but the item that brings the biggest smile to my face when I see it in a story is a pair of chubby chipmunks – Chip ‘N Dale.


My first pair of chipmunks cost less than the most recent purchase, which is much smaller.

And, of course, whenever I see them at Disney, I start smiling like a 5-year-old.

No, I don’t run after them for a photo, but I do sometimes still stand in line to see “my boys” as I call them.

I still own the very first pair of chipmunks I bought.


Plus, another dozen — or so — sets.


Dressed for the holidays. I think somebody’s hiding up there.


They sort of look like a little chipmunk choir.



Rescue Rangers and a tiny pair.




Do you see the unicorn keeping the puppet pair from lying flat?



These are all stuffed, and I also have a some figurines, including a bobblehead pair.

Do you think I need an intervention? By the way, several were gifts. Just felt the need to say that. haha  :)

These items always succeed in making me smile. The chipmunks even make me giggle. I do hope you have items that bring an instant smile to your face. What are those items?

Do you have any collections from childhood or that you started as an adult because of a childhood love? Please share.

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  1. I’m a big fan of unicorns too :) I saw a great saying the other day…”always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn, then be a unicorn!”

    Visiting from the Ultimate Blog Challenge :)

    • drwixy
      4 years ago

      I think I saw that a a bumper sticker. Love it.

  2. William
    4 years ago

    I used to have collections of hockey cards, marbles, rocks, etc. I eventually let them go after lugging them around after years of moving.

    • drwixy
      4 years ago

      Thanks, William. I know what you mean. That’s how I let go of many of my unicorn figurines. I used to move so often that I said moving was my way of spring cleaning.

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