Monthly Archives: December 2016

Holiday On Grandma’s Farm Published

I have just published ‘Holiday On Grandma’s Farm’, a short story of one of my childhood experiences when I had one of many holidays on my Grandma’s farm.

Experience the awe and wonder of a child who lives in a town in the early 1960’s and has a holiday on his Grandma’s farm way out in the bush. What strange things will he see? What things will he do that are just not done in town? Milking cows, making butter, emptying the toilet and more. Maybe you will reflect on some of your childhood experiences as you read this story.

It’s free on most major on-line retailers (except Amazon. Sorry, they don’t do free.) It may not be available yet on some sites as I only just uploaded it. Have a read and I hope it gives you some pleasure as you remember some experience of your own.

Childhood Memories

Have you ever reflected back to some of your childhood experiences with a sense of wonder, an appreciation that you had the opportunity to do the things that you remember? These things have shaped our lives, sometimes in minor ways, sometimes in major ones. These are the memories that one sits back with on the deck on a balmy summer’s evening and remembers, for no reason at all other than they have popped into one’s consciousness again in a time of contemplation and reminiscence after what seems like a millennium of life, and the memory gives one a smile, with deep contentment and joy in one’s heart.

Some of my fondest memories are of my visits to my grandparents’ farms as a child and being able to explore that rustic way of life, which was so much different to mine at my home in town.

I sometimes look at my children, and maybe you do yours, or your grandchildren, with a sense of regret that the world has moved on so much. The experiences that we had are no longer available to our children in general. The connection with the earth and the order of life has been so distorted in our technological and information ages. It saddens me at times. This is such a beautiful world and the wonders of nature need to be cherished and embraced for our children.

That is why these memories are so precious. They need to be written down and shared with family and friends and, if one dares, with the world. I suppose that is the reason for memoirs and biographies, to make sure the world does not forget the joys of childhood and the formative experiences that those joys gave us when our minds were open to a sense of discovery and awe.

I hope that this short message encourages you to sit back and contemplate some of your childhood experiences for a moment.