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My favorite childhood memory

 
`What was your childhood like?' my friend Nani asked me out of the blue. I did not reply immediately. What was my childhood like? A picture of a wooden house in poor surroundings came to my mind. Also, I heard in my mind the sound of children's laughter and my mother calling us to dinner.

When I was born, my father was a clerk at the neighborhood post office. We lived in an old wooden house in a poor section of town. My mother stayed at home to look after my brother and me. Money was scarce. We lived from hand to mouth. After my younger sister was born, things got more difficult. Often, our meals consisted of only homegrown vegetables and plain rice. Our clothes were hand-me-downs from friends and relatives. When we had to go anywhere, we walked or took the bus because we did not have a car.

However, I do not remember being unhappy during my childhood. Sure, my family did not have many of the luxuries that others had. But my siblings and I did not need expensive toys to enjoy our time together. Even a branch from a tree could give us hours of fun. Best of all, our parents always had time for us. Mother helped us with our homework. Father played with us and told us stories. My favorite memory is of the tales Father told us about his school days and his old school friends. He would mimic the people he described and we would be rolling on the floor with laughter. He was the best story teller in the world.

When I was twelve years old, my father got a better job in a big company. Life became better for us. We moved to a much bigger brick house. Father bought a car and we could travel on holidays. Now my siblings and I have become busier with our school life and we no longer spend as much time together as we did when we were little children. But the happy memories of our childhood days in the old wooden house keep our bond with one another strong. Father's story-telling sessions are a treat on special occasions like the New Year or someone's birthday. During those times, I feel as if I am back in my childhood home.

Now, back to my friend's question. My childhood days were happy days filled with love and laughter. My favorite memory of that part of my life is my father's story-telling sessions. It brought our family together and strengthened our bond with one another.

     
out of the blue   suddenly, without warning
     
give the game away   spoil a surprise by letting someone know the secret
     
at the top of their lungs   as loudly as they could
     
 
 
 

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