Daily Prompt: Childhood revisited – without a computer?

What is your earliest memory? Describe it in detail, and tell us why you think that experience was the one to stick with you.


I have revisited my childhood so often on these prompts that it even bores me, so I am sure it is no longer fun to revisit and why revisit. Was it something great, astounding, spectacular? No, it was not. We did not have computers, not even a real TV, just a box in the corner of the room where you had to squint your eyes to see what was happening and it was all in black and white. Who wants to live in a black and white world? If you really want monochrome you can now do it all on the digital camera or in photoshop. Go back to my childhood?

My favourite shelf is shown on the photo. On the top right my new super Windows 10 computer which is still learning the ropes according to Mrs. Angloswiss. Next to it on the left my previous Acer model, still in working condition although with Windows 7 and a few loose connections which are not so bad if you waggle the lead a bit. On the lower shelf on the right, the silver computer known as Apple, which I am using at the moment to write this unforgettable work of literature.

So in all seriousness I ask you do I really want to return to a childhood where I was even lucky to find a spare electric plug for my tape deck which was the main possibility to listen to music in the days when the Beatles were still visiting art school and John and Paul were still wondering if a song with the title “Love Me Do” would make them famous. I remember recording “Top of the Pops” on Sunday afternoons to annoy everyone with the same songs time and time again.

No today is fun. I was already in my forties when I played my first game on a computer. Was it Kuony’s Rift exploring strange landscapes which never really lead anywhere and shooting down flying saucers which never actually got you to the final stage? I do not think anyone really got to the final stage. I remember sharing the Commodore computer, and afterwards the Amiga computer, with my youngest son. We would paint the wizard’s Kingdom with Wizzball. My son would go to bed earlier than I, and so I had the computer all to myself and must have completed the illustrations evening for evening.

Later I progressed to Facebook Zynga games. Then I was at the retirement age, almost. My company decided that a golden oldie did not look so good in the office, so they decided to give me an early retirement. I was then left to myself with the computer and spent many happy hours farming (Farmville), building a restaurant (Cafeworld) and even building a town (Yoville). This was my second childhood and let’s face it, not many of us get the opportunity to grow up twice. Even I outlived these games as they no longer exist. One day I discovered blogging and am still blogging. In my childhood it was called writing a composition at school, included in the english lessons. I hated writing compositions, the teacher always disagreed with my style. I am sure if they had given us a computer it would have had a more positive influence on my life.

Today we have iPads, a handy instrument for fiddling around with when not knowing what to do with your brain. We also have Kindle, so no longer visiting the library or the bookshop and dragging a bag with a heavy book home. Just find what you want, download it and read it, even if you are on a journey somewhere. With your Kindle you always have something to read.

Back to my childhood? No thanks, just give me the muscles and joints that work and the legs that can take me on journeys to take my digital photos, that is what I need.

Daily Prompt: Childhood Revisited – without a computer?

15 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Childhood revisited – without a computer?

  1. I enjoyed your comment on your second childhood. I still have years to go to hit this era but I was joking with my kids that one day I will be able to game like a kid. Hours on end will be how I watch my golden age pass me by. Of course I will have other activities other than gaming/computers to pass my time. I just hope arthritis does not ruin it.

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    • I used to knit, even make clothes, but have lost interest. I enjoy computer and like to learn new things. I enjoy photography and like to take walks with my camera. You have never stopped learning and there is so much to discover in this new cyber age. I still like to sit with a good book/Kindle in the evenings.


    • I was more into cafe world. It was when I discovered Farm town, which was more a farming factory, that I realised it was all getting out of hand. From one day to another I stopped the whole thing. It is one of the reasons probably that I still have over 700 friends in Facebook. I enjoy my blogging experience and sorting my photographs. Mr. Swiss has a computer full of music. There are so many possiblities.


  2. I honestly don’t think I can do these any more. 😦 I don’t even want to read anyone else’s. I thought my new blog would be fun, but it isn’t, either, largely because the original ide was that blogging topics would come out of my old journals — now I’m looking through them, and I just feel sorry for the writer… I think there is something new out there that I haven’t found yet. Who knows — and I might change my mind. 😉

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    • I feel you. There are times when I am just not in the mood. At the moment I am OK, but the prompt subjects slowly get on my nerves, nothing new. I sometimes do the topic generator, but even that needs a lot of concentration. At the moment I still have a foggy head from my cold. I am just glad to get the Christmas and New Year behind me to concentrate on normality.

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  3. I want you to know that I was unbeatable at Space Invaders. I didn’t do this one. I’ve done this specific one at least twice and similar ones who-know-how-many-times. I agree. I’m bored with me! We’re off and away on Monday, but I’ll try to drop by when I can. Hugs and Happy New Year!

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    • There was a time when I was almost a gaming freak, although No. 2 son was always ahead of me. He preferred the shoot ’em down stuff. I was more into logistic and planning, but when I noticed it was getting too much of a hold on me I stopped. I dislike addiction and that is when I draw the brakes. Now I just do candy crush when I am looking for something to just pass the time, it is not so dangerous and I can leave it.


  4. “with my youngest son. We would paint the wizard’s Kingdom with Wizzball. My son would go to bed earlier than I, and so I had the computer all to myself and must have completed the illustrations evening for evening.” Did you ever pause the computer to send him to bed for ‘bedtime’ because it was your turn? and sharing wasn’t working out? Be honest!

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    • I was just glad when it was his bedtime so I could have the computer all to myself. It was actually his computer, but I had to be careful that he didn’t get addicted of course – yes well that’s was what I told myself.

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  5. Funny, I am torn. I miss the good old days of childhood. The freedom to roam without having to text my parents every hour to let them know that I was in the woods playing Army, or Cowboy’s and Indians. I love my record player and my 45’s. Yet I love technology too. Just like when I was a child, I read the paper every day, but now without getting ink print all over my hands. I am not a gamer but play words with friends to keep my old brain sharp. I too blog, just not everyday. I do use FB but find i am mostly posting news articles that I wish to share.

    But give me a descent pair of knees and it’s back to the woofs for me.

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    • New legs with everything attached and I am with you. It would be nice to get up in the morning and walk to the kitchen without having to think about it first. I don’t really miss my childhood days because today I can enjoy life much better, if only the body would work as it used to.

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