Tips for Adulthood: Feeling Nostalgic for Your Childhood

Feeling nostalgic for childhoo. Image of a Monopoly boardEvery Wednesday I offer tips for adulthood.

Today’s post builds on yesterday’s post about whether or not kids are growing up too quickly. Today, in a nod to my own early years, I post about five signs that you’re feeling nostalgic for your childhood:

1. You have an inappropriate attachment to Monopoly. You know it’s bad when you hold up Monopoly as the paragon of a “real game” to your kids (unlike that “junk” they play on the computer). As a recent article in Wired magazine points out, Monopoly is actually a really stupid game because the only strategic question is “buy or not buy” and you spend the whole time trying to reduce your opponent to dust. And yet, I still find myself oddly drawn to the role of deeder (or whatever you call that person who hands out the properties). Then again, my conception of a video game doesn’t extend much beyond Pacman, so maybe that’s what I really ought to be concerned about.

2. You still buy candy necklaces. And eat them. What? Am I the only one who does this?

3. You tear up at children’s concerts. Worse, you sing along. Especially when someone plays Puff the Magic Dragon. The worst part is, it doesn’t have to be my kids who are singing. I was at a farmer’s market a few years back when this pudgy 11 year old girl from the local junior high got up and sang Tomorrow (from Annie). Before I knew it, tears began to slowly fall across my face. Someone next to me asked if the little girl was my child. “Um…no,” I was forced to reply. “I just like this song.”

4. You wish you had a mood ring. Remember those? The ones that told you what mood you were in by the color of the ring? Mine always seemed to be black, which I think meant “nervous.” Pretty much tells you all you need to know about my childhood.

5. You still find yourself attracted to Luke Skywalker. My son had a play date recently with another little boy and they started arguing over whether or not Anakin Skywalker was ugly. (Read here for a great article by Slate’s Emily Bazelon about the enduring appeal of Star Wars for little boys.) I suddenly felt compelled to jump in and defend Luke’s looks. The little boy turned to me and said: “Oh! Do you fancy Luke? He looks very smart.” At which point I had to admit begrudgingly that, yes, I do in fact fancy Luke.


In case you missed it – and because it’s already making the rounds of the Mommy Blog circuit – here’s a link to Ayelet Waldman’s remarkably candid interview on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, where she talks about her new book, Bad Mother.

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  • Reply Cheryl

    May 7, 2009, 4:24 pm

    Hi Delia,

    I love your blog and check in every day.

    I also buy and eat candy necklaces – sometimes after wearing the necklace all day! The kids think I’m nuts. They often don’t taste that great (even when they haven’t been around my neck all day) but it’s the nostalgia I’m hungry for.

    Another sign that I’m nostagic for my childhood is my searching ebay for favorite childhood books – I’ve found a few and receiving and re-reading them has been very satisfying.


  • Reply delialloyd

    May 7, 2009, 5:25 pm

    Thank you, Cheryl. It’s great to have a comrade in arms! I’ve also re-read childhood books, like Peter Pan…would make a good post I think. Welcome!

  • Reply Rachel

    May 17, 2009, 10:51 am

    How about this? I sometimes have to actively restrain myself from snatching my son’s lateset “Archie” comic from his hands to find out what’s new in Riverdale – and still root for Betty to score one over Veronica!

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