I was tagged to answer the question "What five things do you miss from your childhood?"
I'm probably being overly analytical on this, but I'm taking childhood to mean "pre-adolescence".
1. I miss ignorance. The world is a glorious place to be sure, but it is also one heck of a messed up place. As a kid I saw the glory, but was sheltered from seeing all the pain. Some days I'd give just about anything to go back.
2. I miss innocence. Following up on 1., I fully realize that I've contributed my fair share of...crap (sorry, but really, what other word can I use?)...to the world's shortcomings and failings. I miss the simple life lived free of pursuing often selfish and destructive desires.
3. I miss my grandparents. I love my parents very much, and am more thankful than words can express for them. But parents are parents, and none are perfect (just ask my daughters). Of course grandparents aren't perfect either, but there was just enough distance in my relationship with them to go on believing they were. I can honestly say of my Grandfather Brown that he is the one person of which I have no bad memories.
4. I miss eating without having to worry about my weight. (Ah vanity--one of the seven deadly sins, isn't it? I guess that pretty much takes me back to #2, doesn't it?)
5. I miss all the animals that shared my life...from a variety of giant silk moths and butterflies raised from eggs to flying beauties; to salamanders, turtles,and snakes; to ring neck pheasants that would strut on the pastures edge to the rabbits that would inevitably nest in our lawn; from crawfish to tadpoles to earthworms collected by flashlight at night...it was a time where I was able to immerse myself in the unparalleled wonder of creation. I still get glimpses of that wonder now, for which I am exceedingly grateful...but it seems to me (at least it does now) that then it was a way of life.