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6 Things We Miss About our Childhood Homes

Because nothing will ever compare to butter and sugar on pandesal in your old house

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Of all the blessings I have ever received, one thing always stands out: the gift of a quiet, peaceful, and happy childhood. Although our lives were simple and we didn't have too many things, my parents made sure that my brother and I had food on the table, clothes on our backs, and a roof over our heads. More importantly, they made sure that the two of us would grow up knowing that we were not just loved... we were loved unconditionally. 

Now that we are all a little bit older (and none the wiser), we start to miss the things that we never even noticed before. For one, I still think about the days when we were forced to take afternoon naps and the sound of the kids playing on the street. Here are six other things that we often miss about our childhood homes:

  • Sleeping in our old bed

Is it just me or did we really sleep better on our old woven rugs (banig) underneath old mosquito nets (kulambo)? Even if we only had thin blankets and "hotdog" pillows, we always felt cozy and comfortable.

  • Watching the white diamond on the TV shrink

When we were younger, we would use a dial to turn off our antique TV set and watch the "white diamond" shrink slowly on the screen. We would even press our hands to the screen to feel the static electricity. 

  • Using the electric fan as a microphone

Since many of us didn't have too many toys to play with, we had to make do with what we have. We even spoke into electric fans to make robot voices!

  • Playing games in and around the house

Apart from playing with electric fans, hair brushes, and other random things around the home, we were also experts at bahay-bahayanluto-lutuan, and teacher-teacheran. Other games of choice included piko, patinterotumbang preso, and tagu-taguan.

  • Eating our favorite food

While we can still eat instant pancit canton, instant beef mami with egg, or butter and sugar on pandesal today, these will always taste better in our old kitchen and dining area.

  • The glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling

We also miss the things that we used to see in our childhood homes, like the glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling, the Spice Girls, Ryan Phillippe and James Van Der Beek posters on the walls, and the crayon marks on practically every surface. 

How about you? What do you miss most about your childhood home? Don't forget to leave us a comment on Facebook!

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