MEMORIES OF MY CHILDHOOD
X the challenging Letter!
I was an unadventurous child, unlike my brother, so never needed an emergency rush to A & E and an X RAY for a broker limb - just as well as I had a horror of hospitals as a child.
I would love to have played the XYLOPHONE, but it was 30 years before I came close to fulfilling this ambition. I bought my 5 year old daughter a little Glockenspiel, enjoyed teaching her first steps in music and having a play myself.
* The Glockenspiel (German "glock = bell) has metal bars, whereas the Xylophone (Greek xylos = wood) has wooden bars.
One XMAS we taped ourselves playing and singing Christmas carols for my parents. I came across this tape years later after the death of my parents, so it was moving to hear again.
In my own childhood, our Christmas's were very traditional - we did not have stockings but a pillow case at the end of our beds.
One apocryphal anecdote was regaled every year - my mother and and aunt woke up early one Christmas morning - it was still dark (their house didn't have electricity anyway), and decided to investigate their stockings. One present they were convinced was a box of chocolates, so they opened it and bit into one - it turned out to be a box of dominoes!
A-Z Challenge 2016 Theme Revealed: I Remember......Memories of Childhood
C - Clothes + Church, Chores, Christmas, Crafts & Cars
D - Dolls + Dogs & Desserts
E - Events + Eating Out & Easter
F - Food + Fads & Fashion and Freedom
G - Grandparents + Games
H - Hairstyles + Hobbies, Houses & Halloween
I - Inspiring Teachers
J -Journeys & Joining
K - Kitchens & Knitting
L - Libraries
M - Music + Movies
N - Needles + Nativity and Names
O - Occupations
P - Poulton - My Ancestral Home + Poems, Pets, Penfriends, Politics and Protests
Q - The Queen's Coronation
R - Radio + Religion, Remembrance and Russia
S - Speccy Four Eyes + School, Sports, Sundays, Student Days and the Space Race
T - Toys + Treats, TV, Theatre and Technology
U - Uniforms
V - Village Life + Vacations and Values
W - Wars and Weddings