Childhood Memories Friday: Childhood Thoughts

Childhood thoughts that I felt would be a big deal during childhood — but then they turned out not to be:


I seem to recall quite a bit of time in elementary school spent discussing fire. Did the family have a plan on where to meet if the house caught on fire? If my bedroom was on the second floor (which it was), did I have a plan for how to get to the ground, should fire strike during the night? Stop, drop, and roll. Feel the door to see if it’s hot before opening it.


Many TV shows seemed to feature characters who, unfortunately for them, happened upon a patch of quicksand. Inevitably, others would try to help them out. Inevitably, this either did not work, or was only successful at the *very last minute*! It occurs to me now that I have never EVER encountered quicksand in real life.

Ice Age

Our elementary science books warned us that the earth was slowly cooling. In fact, an ice age was coming. I’m not sure if the teacher said it would occur during our lifetimes or whether I just imagined that in my fear — and it was fearful to imagine spending one’s declining years in the shadow of an ever-advancing glacier! But, as we all know, now the “experts” tell us that the coming ice age is a bust. So much so that they’ve changed the standard line to say that the earth is warming. I won’t pretend to know what’s really going on. But isn’t forty years a pretty brief time to change the scientific thinking so drastically?

Drugs, Drinking, and Smoking

As a child, my mom warned me against drugs, drinking, and smoking. I remember her telling me that someday, kids would try to get me to use drugs, or booze, or cigarettes, but that I just needed to tell those kids NO! I could vividly imagine some hoodlum-y kid approaching me, maybe during passing period, and trying to force a lit cigarette to my lips. I didn’t live in fear of this, exactly, but I could totally imagine it happening. But, it never did, with any of these things! This kind of amazed me. In fact, I guess I lead a pretty sheltered life, because even now, I don’t think I could tell you anybody I know who uses drugs. I’m sure there probably are a few — but I am unaware of it. I do know a few people who drink and smoke, but I’ve never had the substances forced on me. Thankfully 🙂

So, now it’s your turn. What is something from your childhood that you thought would be a big deal — but that didn’t really turn out that way?


6 thoughts on “Childhood Memories Friday: Childhood Thoughts

  1. When we were in school, the Cold War Era was a big think. We had to do drills in case an atomic bomb would be dropped on our school. For the drill, we were told to get off the desk bench, that we had back then, and crawl under the desk, as if that would help if an atomic bomb had been dropped on or near out school! What a farce!

    As for you, you’re right. The thought of an ice age is humorous, especially in light of the fact that fake scientists are now trying to convince us of global warming. (Al Gore at his best!) When will man realize that God created this world, and He can be in charge of it, as well?

  2. I do remember so many shows involving quicksand! We didn’t have the drills mentioned in the comment above, but I do remember being afraid of a possible nuclear war for a very long time.

  3. I am studying hard to time travel back to the 1940s and my worry list at that time. Storms scared me! We would have Good Friday off from school. It seemed to me like invariably it stormed/rained on that day. I reasoned out that it was because that was the day Jesus died. . . When a storm approached, I gathered Elaine and Mary Ellen, grabbed our Bible Story Book and began reading Bible Stories to my sisters. For some reason, when I was not at home, storms scared me far less.

    Daddy had a heart attack on an intensely HOT summer day in my childhood. I happened to get to spend that night with Aunt Dorothy & Uncle Gordon. I still remember Mother’s phone call to tell them about Daddy. He was in the Huntingburg Hospital. When he came home, it seemed quite a few nights he had trouble breathing. I’d lay in my bed terrified he would have another heart attack and die. Actually he lived for decades more and did not die of a heart ailment.
    I was scared stiff of car wrecks and to this day, I still am. I’ve never been in a bad accident. I think Mother & Daddy scared me silly about wrecks. Any approaching holiday they’d be saying so many would die over the holiday weekend, etc. I know a time or two when Mother, Daddy, Elaine and Mary Ellen drove to Evansville to shop, I would opt to stay with Aunt Hilda and Uncle Amos, fearing we would have a wreck going to Evansville.

  4. There was a lot of talk about having a bomb shelter during the Cold War era. Our family didn’t have one so I was scared that we’d have no place to be safe when a bomb dropped on Tell City. Also, my dad was interested in UFOs/aliens and I heard about them on TV. I imagined little green creatures snatching me if I was outside at night. Of course, no bomb dropped on Tell City and I never heard that anybody was taken by a creature from outer space.

    Tell City is located on the Ohio River. There was a terrible flood in 1937 and I grew up hearing stories about all the damage done to the town and surrounding area. During the early 1940s, a flood wall was built with removable gates to be installed when the river threatened. I was okay until my dad would tell me that the gates were being put in because of the river. I was afraid the gates wouldn’t hold but they always held and Tell City has never been flooded since 1937.

  5. All of the comments made so far sound much like my fears when young! The biggest one was the fear of nuclear war, and now that fear is in the air again with the North Korean threat. In 3rd grade we had drills where we dived under our wooden desks, which in those days were still attached to the floor. In addition to that we were supposed to put our arms over our heads to further protect ourselves. Our school even went to the extreme of selling us “dog tags” like soldiers still wear for identification purposes in case there was a real disaster! They cost 25 cents, if my memory serves me correctly. Should such a tragedy happen, we were supposed to put the aluminum tag between our front teeth! Can you imagine putting elementary students through that kind of a routine today? Hope today’s children never have to experience the cold war fears, but I think that we may be faced with grave danger if peace in the world is not established soon.
    Actually, my biggest fear back then was the roller coasters at theme parks like Cedar Point, OH. I have ridden on them a few times, but not very many and I never ever plan to do that again ever.

  6. I am sitting here rocking with laughter picturing Elaine crawled under a Holland School wooden bench while an atomic bomb was dropped on Holland School! I am just sure the chances of that being a target were quite high! I just can’t quit laughing! You wouldn’t get it at all!

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