In ECMP 355 last week, we were asked to create a 3-5 minute presentation on a topic of our choice. An alternate assignment was the Childhood Walk. You get images from Google Maps and create your story from those images! I decided to create my Childhood Walk in a similar way as Doug Peterson and Stephen Downes, but instead of showing areas in my city, I’m going to stay on the block I grew up on.
This is my house! You can’t really see it because we had a ridiculous amount of trees. I have lived in this house for my whole life, so I have a lot of memories from this place. My sister and I were very much into the outdoors and we would wander our block every single day.
We have a very steep driveway that everyone is afraid to drive up on! My sister and I lived dangerously, so we would drive our scooters down our driveway often. We would pretend that we were on “The Amanda Show” with our scooters and we would sing the theme song out loud and proud! We were obsessed with the show and we would act out segments and quote the characters. Some examples were “Amanda, please” and “Welcome to the girls room”. We thought we were expert scooter drivers and we would scoot around in circles, swerves, etc.! Now that I think about it, this was extremely dangerous and I don’t remember if my parents were aware of us doing this. I also realize now that we were crazy weirdos!
When we were kids, we would take vacations every summer in our motorhome! We have had two motorhomes in total and this is our last one. Some of my best memories come from my family vacations. Every other summer, my auntie, uncle and cousin from Ontario would come down to Saskatchewan to spend their summer holidays with us. Camping was a family favourite and I would always look forward to it. We went to Pike Lake several times, which is located outside Saskatoon. We have a lot of family living in Saskatoon, so most of them would visit us at our campsite. We have also camped in BC and went to Radium Hot Springs quite often! I don’t see my family as often as I did when I was a child, so I definitely miss the good old days.I have a lot of memories in those motorhomes and I will never forget the good times we had!
When I was a kid, my best friend lived right next door to me! They were a Chinese family with a grandmother, a mom, a dad, and two boys. One boy was around the same age as me and the other boy was the same age as my younger sister! Our parents would take turns babysitting us and we were over at one another’s houses every single day! When my sister and I went over to their place, we would usually play Pokemon on their playstation or pretend to be the Power Rangers. I was a very demanding kid and I would insist on being the pink Power Ranger. The grandmother didn’t know English very well and my mom is convinced that my sister and I could understand her when she spoke her language. Another memory I have from their house is eating a lot of sticky rice!
My neighbour friend was extremely afraid of dogs! This one time, my sister, our neighbours and I were walking on our block and a person with a dog came by. My friend freaked out and we hid behind a rock on someone’s property. After the dog left, the owner came out and yelled at us. We were all so scared and ran away. The rock is not there anymore, so just use your imagination!
My sister and I would wander our block and find ant hills. We would pretend that we were doing a documentary on ants and we would describe every single thing that they did. I believe we also did this with lady bugs and I think we pretended we were british, too. We would pick honey suckles off the trees and taste them everyday! We would also pick flowers off of trees and we got in trouble for that. Apparently, we were trouble makers! It seemed like we were the only kids on our block because you would never see anyone come out and play during the day.
So there is my Childhood Walk! I recommend doing this because it’s nice to go down memory lane every now and again! It makes me want to be a kid again! Take the challenge and create your own Childhood Walk!