We all have childhood memories of gifts we were given. Some gifts were coveted while others made us cringe. I love to hear stories of childhood gifts and who better to ask than my favourite bloggers?
Bron from Maxabella Loves is a kind soul with a gift for story telling. She tells it like it is, but in a beautifully articulate way. Bron is all about heartfelt family living and the online space she has created is a warm and friendly place to visit. Her #inthepicture call to action has inspired many mums to get out from behind the camera and I especially love her epic party ideas (I’ve bookmarked the how to host a glow party post for Miss T in years to come).
Bron’s favourite childhood gift memories include a gift which many of us will remember fondly. I recall many days happily spent zooming around the neighbourhood with not a care in the world…
What was your favourite gift you were given as a kid or teen?
My white lace-up roller skates with see-through red wheels. I thought they were the most beautiful things I’d ever seen.
Who gave them to you?
My parents. I begged for roller skates for months after my sister received a hand-me-down pair of sneaker-style skates. They belonged to the boys up the road and they were rather stinky and very uncool at the time. These days, we both realise she had the cooler skates all along…
As it happened, my sister was so jealous of my pristine white girly skates that she hated me for weeks. She refused to wear the boy skates and only relented when she saw how much fun I was having skating my little heart out. She soon laced up and joined me.
How old were you?
I was 11 and in grade 5 and my sister Christine was 9 turning 10 and in grade 4. We used to skate up and down the footpath out the front of our house. Up and down, up and down, up and down for days on end. We’d race home from school and buckle on the skates and out we’d go. I don’t remember ever being bored, especially the day Christine ran over her own finger, giving herself a green-stick fracture and amusing me no-end. Sisters can be so cruel, can’t they? She was banned from roller skating for weeks, but snuck out anyway (don’t tell Mum!).
Do you still have them?
I don’t (sob!) BUT I managed to track down an almost-identical pair for my daughter Arabella’s 9th birthday a couple of years ago. They have since been handed-down to my younger daughter, Lottie.
The girls love roller skating as much as I do and zip around the house like Roller Derby Girls. Actually, I hope one day they become real Roller Derby Girls. I would be so proud. Maybe I should join in myself? Do you know if they have space for a giant mum of three?
Any other details or special memories of this gift?
Even when in-line skates became the thing, I never strayed from my love of ‘real’ roller skates. To this day, I’d rather go roller skating than blading. Blading just ain’t the same.
Did you own a pair of roller skates when you were a kid?
When was the last time you skated?
You’re never too old to try roller derby, right?!