People Divulge The One Thing They Had As A Child They Wish They Had Today
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You never appreciate what you have until it's gone, right?

That includes all the things we took for granted as children.


Redditor Dunkin_D*cks asked:

"What's one thing you had as a child that you wish you had now?"

Memories

"My grandpa recorded all of the original Wizard of Oz books on audiocassettes, before 'books on tape' were really a thing, and gave them to me along with the books while I was learning to read, so I could read along."

"I read/listened to all of them, but I didn't understand how special they were at the time, and after I listened to them I recorded over them."

"He had a wonderful voice and he's been gone for almost 10 years now... especially now that I have a daughter of my own I'd pay a million bucks to get those recordings back."

"I have videos of him and such, but those tapes were such a loving gesture and they took him hours to make. I'm still hoping I'll find one of them with at least part of a recording in my parents' attic or something."

- Yellowbug2001

Time

"Time distortion… 10 years as a child was like 100 years."

"10 years now feel like 1."

- moxeto

"Remember when summer vacation would last forever?"

"But as an adult you wake up one morning in January, blink and suddenly you're like 'holy sh*t. When did it become June??'."

- SnowyInuk

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Freedom

"Free time."

- BigturnBJ

"I can manufacture free time, but I have obligations and duties now that I didn’t have then. If I make time for something fun I struggle to stop worrying about the obligations that I might not have the time to meet."

"But if I just work all the time I worry that I still might not meet the obligations AND will have burned out by not taking any time for myself. So now I feel guilty no matter what I do."

"Free time is never free anymore."

- mailman-zero

Body

"A solid back that doesn't crack when I bend."

- dosesndmimosas

"Good knees."

- Alphareddit94

"I used to spend hours on our trampoline. Just the thought of it kills me and I understand why my parents wouldn't get on it."

- Zkenny13

"I used to do cartwheels and back handsprings for hours 25 years ago."

"Two months ago, I threw my back out putting on boots. I was in bed for a week."

- jetsqueak

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Loved Ones

"My mom."

- fbomb33

"Ditto but for my dad."

- djseifer

"Ditto but for my granddad. I was a middle child, my little brother had special needs and took a lot of my parents' time, and only my granddad really spent time with just me."

"He died when I was about 10, and even when I was 20 I could be bought to tears by his mention, I missed him terribly for a long time and he still inspires me."

- BlakeMW

"My grandmother died when I was 8. 20 years have passed and I still cry when I think of her, especially if I talk about her."

- largemarjj

Attention Span

"Attention span for reading."

- Surviving2

"Omg yes. I used to love reading. I’d get through one or two books a week when I was middle school age."

"Now I’ll read a few pages, then start skimming, and quickly lose interest. It’ll take me months to finish."

"I’d rather hear an audio version nowadays. Makes me sad."

- honeypie4321

"I once read through half a library. Now, I just fall asleep. No matter what."

- GrantSRobertson

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Optimism

"Confidence."

- noballsbro

"Dreams."

- Sugarman4

"Ingenuity."

- noballsbro

Serotonin

"The will to live."

- Conicthehedgehog

"Serotonin for sure."

- sarah_the_intern

"Seriously, I didn’t really get depressed till I was 20 and now I’m 27 still struggling with it, I just wanna feel normal againnnnn."

- honeypup

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Bliss

"Ignorance."

"I loved not knowing about death creeping up on us and the problems of the real world. I miss being lost in cartoons and games."

"Having my parents be young and healthy, having them enjoy their youth. I’m glad it all happened, but I still miss it."

- cantopay

"Yeah, I would give anything to be 7 years old again—pure, innocent happiness during a time where no one close to me had died yet."

- largemarjj

Imagination

"My creativity that came from childhood innocence. Now my thoughts are caged by knowledge and reality."

- itsjustfarkas

"I feel this one. I used to write and draw a lot when I was younger. Painted quite a bit as well. Now, anything I could think about writing would hit way too close to home. I still draw and paint sometimes, but haven't really made it a priority at all."

"So either creativity, or my My Little Pony mansion. It had four big rooms and a pool in the middle. It was frigging awesome, and I regret not keeping it when my mom moved out of my childhood home."

"Not sure which one I'd prefer more at this point, honestly. Either would be sweet."

- Fantaculara

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The answers show for most people, it's not the material things they miss the most.

So what do you miss from your childhood?


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