Remembering Childhood // Lyla’s Angels

It’s that time of week when another blogger is going to be sharing their childhood memories. This week it’s from Cara from Lyla’s Angels.

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Which decade were you born in?

The very tail end of the 1970s.

What is your earliest memory? How old were you?

I always thought my earliest memory was being nearly three and looking out the window of my gran’s house as my mum left to go to hospital to give birth to my brother. However, I’ve been told that this didn’t happen but I obviously have a wonderful imagination! 

What was your favourite toy at 5 years old? At 10?

My favourite toy at 5 was a Barbie doll I received for Christmas from my Granny Emma. We lived overseas on a remote island in the Atlantic at the time and I distinctly remember running along a sandy path to show my best friend my Barbie and her beautiful dress with a red velvet top and a net skirt with red hearts on it.

By the age of 10 it was probably one of those little diaries with the lock on it, even though i always kept the key attached to the book so I wouldn’t lose it which defeated the purpose a little!

Do you still have any toys from your childhood?

My daughter Lyla now has two of the teddies I was given when I was born. A little rabbit with a pink bow, because what rabbit doesn’t wear a pink bow and a little soft brown bear.

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

My taste was a wildly varied as a teenager, I was obsessed with Take That whilst also grunging along with Nirvana. One day I was convinced Mark Owen was my future husband then the next it was Kurt Cobain or Eddie Vedder. My tastes have never really changed my iPod playlists are just as mixed now as my mixtapes were back then!

What was your favourite TV show(s)?

Without a doubt, Top of the Pops, I loved it. I’m still surprised and gutted that they stopped it.

What was the first film you remember seeing at the cinema?

It was either All Dogs Go To Heaven or The Land Before Time, both classics.

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

I remember my mum sending me to school on non-uniform day wearing a hot pink hooded top and leggings. She convinced me I looked really cool but in reality I knew I looked like a sun burnt sausage.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a writer for the New York Times. This was way before Carrie Bradshaw so I don’t know where I got the idea from but my dad’s friend lived in New York and used to send me copies of the Sunday New York Times. I was so sure that this was what I would do.

If you could go back to being a child again what age would you choose and why?

I would go back to being 5 again. I had just started school with Miss James at Two Boats Primary School on Ascension Island. I have kept in touch with her over the years and I think of that time as being very idyllic and innocent.


Thank you for sharing your childhood memories Cara – I had one of those diaries with the little lock on it too!

If you enjoyed this post then please do come back next week when another blogger will be remembering their childhood. You can also read all the other posts in the series here.

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