Remembering Childhood // Dear Bear and Beany

It’s that time of week when another blogger is going to be sharing their childhood memories. This week it’s Laura from Dear Bear and Beany.

Which decade were you born in?

I was born in the 1970’s, the later part!

What is your earliest memory? How old were you?

My earliest memory is when I was two years old at my birthday party and I ended up in tears. Turned out the next day I had chicken pox!

What was your favourite toy at 5 years old? At 10?
My favourite toy when I was 5 years old was my Barbie and Ken dolls. I remember I had Crystal and she had this gorgeous white dress.
At ten years old my favourite toy was my fashion wheel. I used to spend hours making pictures with it. I can’t wait for my girls to be old enough and I can get it for them (me!).
Do you still have any toys from your childhood?

My parents still have my dolls pushchair and highchair, My girls love playing with them when they visit. It’s really strange to see them playing with my toys.

Who was your favourite pop group/artist as a teenager?

I loved (and still do) Take That. Robbie was my favourite and I was obsessed. My bedroom was covered in posters and I used to tape every single appearance they made on the TV.

My wonderful dad took me and my friend to their concert, he patiently waited outside for us.

What was your favourite TV show(s)?
Definitely Neighbours, every day my brother and I would watch it. For my honeymoon we went to Australia and did the Neighbours tour, it was brilliant going to Ramsey Street. Which in actual fact is called Pin Oak!
What was the first film you remember seeing at the cinema?

I think it was 101 Dalmatians, the original one at a Saturday club they ran at the weekend. I still love this movie and have it on DVD, Alice loves it too.

Do you have any dodgy haircut/ outfit memories that you’d rather forget?

I have lots of outfit memories I would rather forget. I had this bright red pixie boots, that I wore with everything. Even if they didn’t match my outfit, I would wear them!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be teacher and I used to play schools all day long. I had my own register and I would sit all my teddies in a circle as my pupils.

If you could go back to being a child again what age would you choose and why?
Good Question! I would go back to being ten years old. Old enough to get to do lots of fun things, but still young enough to want a hug from my mum.
That time just before you start secondary school and you are opened up to a whole new world and it’s no longer cool to be seen with your parents.
Thanks Laura – it sounds like we had some very similar interests growing up, I loved Neighbours and Take That too. And I had some red pixie boots – I’d forgotten about those!

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