25 Things We All Looked Forward to Doing When We Were Kids
Putting on a swimsuit, going to the grocery store, and emptying your piggy bank all had way different meanings when you were in your single-digits!
Entering a contest (and believing you would definitely win)
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How many people did you know? And how many of them put their name in the drawing at the grocery store? See—your chances of winning were like one in five! Right? And then you grew up, learned statistics and probability, and stopped waiting for the Publisher’s Clearing House van to show up in your driveway. Still though… it can’t hurt to enter, right? Especially if you try one of these 13 proven ways to change your luck.
Losing your first tooth
Today, having a wiggly tooth would be cause for panic but remember the joy of losing your first tooth? It was a right of passage! And every tooth thereafter still felt like an accomplishment. The trick was how to get them from that weird hanging-on-by-a-thread stage to ready for the Tooth Fairy. Did you try tying a string from a doorknob to your tooth? Beg your parents to pull it? Just wait patiently for it to come loose on its own? Now check out 28 of the cutest mistakes kids have made.
Going over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house
To kids, grandparents are magic! Unlike your parents, they usually had treats hidden somewhere on their person, loved listening to all your stories, were always up for a slow walk to pick up bugs, let you eat dessert first and stay up too late—not to mention all the hilarious stories and pictures they had of your mom or dad.
Seeing how many licks it took to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop
Do you want candy or chocolate? With a Tootsie Pop you got to have both! Plus a fun game of counting how many licks it took you to get to the chocolatey center. And if you lost count? Well, you had to get another one to try again, of course! Add this to the list of 20 things you’re never too old for!
Choosing which present to open first on your birthday
The anticipation of getting a present was almost better than opening your gifts. What secret would the giant box hold? Was the squishy one a new toy or just another package of socks? As long as it wasn’t underwear, it was all good.
Buying candy from the bulk section
Any candy is a kid favorite but a wall of candy sorted into brightly colored bins with little scoops was the ultimate in sugar rushes. There were your old favorites—jellybeans, Bottle Caps, lemon drops, rock candy—and then there were the ones you’d never seen before. What is “Sour ‘Sghetti” even? And how much could you buy with a dollar?
Watching Saturday morning cartoons
Sneaking into the living room, turning the TV on as quiet as it would go, with the hopes your parents wouldn’t wake up for at least two hours. If you were good you’d get Rugrats and Animaniacs. If you were really smooth you could smuggle in a bowl of cereal too. Heck, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy a good Saturday morning cartoon! Add it to the list of 50 simple pleasures you can enjoy right now.
Finding a prize in the cereal box
Who cared what the cereal actually tasted like as long as it came with a cool toy hidden away inside the puffs? These days, kids are stuck with lame “prizes” like a sticker or the maze on the back of the box. You had the real deal: race cars, miniature ponies, rubber stamps, balsa airplanes, and a million cheap, plastic contraptions. You kept them all.
Making up a secret handshake with your best friend
How would you know if your best friend was really your best friend or if they were an alien that just looked like your best friend as part of their diabolical quest to take over the earth? Make a secret handshake only the two of you would know! Bonus points if you still remember it and do it whenever you run into the old gang.
Holding a kitten
Baby animals are always cute but when you’re just a few years removed from being a baby yourself, they hold a special kind of magic. There was nothing so special as being trusted to hold a fluffy, fragile kitten. (And nothing so heartbreaking as when mom said you absolutely couldn’t take one home!) A goldfish just wasn’t the same. These 21 cat adoption photos will melt your heart.