100 Days of Journal Prompts: Day 49

Each day, laptop and children permitting, Iโ€™ll share a prompt thatโ€™s been on my mind, and a few of my thoughts.

You are welcome to share your own perspective in the comments, or just journal it out!

What do I miss about my childhood?

Thank you friends for all of your thoughtful responses over the last several days!

As I reflect with you, I realize how blessed I am to have a childhood I’m grateful for.

We had our struggles.

But what I remember the most is how close my family stayed through thick and thin.

We spent every minute together. We loved music. We talked about life. We played cards. We went camping and hiking and on family trips.

My parents weren’t perfect, but they loved us. And we loved each other.

I’m grateful to still have lots of those moments today.

Another thing I miss is my childlike propensity to not care one iota about what other people think.

In elementary, we would march around hugging trees and chasing boys. In high school, I would sing at the top of my lungs with my earphones in – on the city bus, next to the cafeteria, to complete strangers… haha!

Sometimes I miss that lack of inhibition.

What do you miss?

โค Jenny

19 thoughts on “100 Days of Journal Prompts: Day 49

  1. My childhood was pretty much perfect. It was the happiest time of my life, but if I have to pick one thing I miss the most I’d pick health. I was a healthy child. Rarely got sick. It all changed though. Now I have at least ten chronic diseases and it’s pretty much hell. Lol

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      1. No offense, but honestly, I’m a little surprised to hear you say that.

        When I say I have a hard time finding people in the same stage of life as me, I’m thinking more of the fact that once I hit my mid-30s it was hard to find other practicing Christians who had never been married, or at least whose lives were free enough to have my kind of social life. There see to be two types of churches around here: (1) the ones where everything revolves around family, and by the time people get to their late 20s, they’re either married and having babies or leaving the church altogether because they discovered leftism; or (2) the ones that have embraced leftism and emphasize constantly criticizing America and people who hold to the values and beliefs of Type 1 churches. There is no place for me in Type 1 churches; the only other singles above 30 are divorced and widowed fiftysomethings and up with children and grandchildren and even less in common with me than the kids in the college group that I’ve outgrown. And there is no place for me in Type 2 churches for obvious reasons.

        If I remember right, you are in your late 20s with little kids, and to me that seems squarely in the demographic of the Type 1 church. Also, if I remember right, you are LDS, and while I know they have kind of a unique subculture among churches, I’ve always pictured them to be somewhat like my Type 1 churches in that sense. However, I don’t know what it’s like to have a spouse and little kids, and I know that presents its own set of challenges in terms of finding friends outside of your family. I apologize if I have mischaracterized your life at all. What exactly did you mean when you said you have a hard time finding people in the same stage of life?

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      2. It’s harder when you’re single, for sure! I just meant it’s harder for me now than it was growing up, not that it’s harder for me than for you.

        My struggle for the most part is because of where we live. Most of my friends are still single from my college days and live elsewhere. Most moms in my area are already established with friends and have older kids. I’m a homebody, so I don’t mind, but it’s hard to watch my kids struggle to make friends because I can’t, and they aren’t in school to do it for themselves. I am, however, extremely grateful we have each other.

        As far as types of churches, I don’t think the world is as black and white as that. But our church is definitely very family-centered. I like that, but the culture does tend to leave people feeling very left out sometimes.

        I have a friend who recently wrote a book called “Not According to Plan” all about being a single 30+ female in the LDS Church. She’s been through a lot.

        I know people who hate Mother’s Day at church because they’ve lost children.

        My older brothers and my mom are all also divorced, and my mom was a single mom for most of my life. I’ve seen them try to date. Kids or not, it’s a struggle to find people with similar values that are also their age. In fact, kids adds another layer to that because half of the people don’t want to deal with that, and half of the people have kids and blending families takes a lot of work. My mom divorced for the second time because of the latter. And divorce itself gets a bad rap which also makes it difficult to find people.

        It sounds like you’ve been through a lot yourself, and hold a lot of anger because of it. I’m sorry if you felt like I invalidated your pain in some way.

        Life is a different walk for everyone. I know adversity, and I have loved ones who know adversity, but in a lot of different ways than you, and not always ways that I share. It’s not a competition. We’re all just trying to make it through โค


      3. I don’t feel invalidated; don’t worry about that. I was just surprised to hear you say that. But thank you for sharing your perspective. I in turn did not mean to invalidate your struggles, I think this all goes to show that everyone is struggling with something that the rest of the world doesn’t know about.

        I have a lot of stories to tell about my struggles with the Christian anti-dating movement and with both types of churches. We’ll talk some other time…

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