Childhood Memories – A Haibun

Early memories that stick in our minds are significant.  They stay with us for a reason.  Perhaps for us to remember them fondly or maybe they are glimpses of what our future holds for us.

I often have flashbacks from childhood of things I enjoyed doing and to this day I still do.  Growing up London I loved going to parks and other green spaces where I could look at trees and lakes.  I would collect leaves and grasses and paste them lovingly into a scrap book where I would catalog them along with descriptions.

My other fascination was with birds.  Seeing a small red-breasted Robin at Christmas time, especially if it snowed, was thrilling to me.  I also remember the excitement of going to Trafalgar Square as a child with my mother.  She would buy these little containers of corn from vendors so we could feed the pigeons.  The sheer joy of having them land on your shoulders, sometimes your head, and feed directly from your hand was exciting to a child. 

Childhood memories
Birdwatching and collecting
Still close to my heart

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  22 comments for “Childhood Memories – A Haibun

  1. May 24, 2023 at 11:14 am

    Wonderful Christine, the robin remains one of my favourite birds 🐦❤️

    • Christine Bolton
      May 25, 2023 at 8:17 am

      I always thought they were magical as they were hard to spot ☺️💕

  2. May 23, 2023 at 8:28 pm


    • Christine Bolton
      May 24, 2023 at 8:07 am

      Thanks Rosemary ☺️💕

  3. May 23, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    This sounds like a lovely memory, I was probably too scared of birds really

    • Christine Bolton
      May 24, 2023 at 8:09 am

      Oh too bad they are fascinating to watch. ☺️

  4. Heidi-Marie
    May 23, 2023 at 1:16 pm

    The lovely memories of Trafalgar Square. I was there in the late 80s.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 23, 2023 at 3:33 pm

      Yes I have many happy memories from there. I think the pigeons have gone now. Not sure though

  5. Rob Kistner
    May 23, 2023 at 5:09 am

    Wonderful memories, Christine, really well written. 👍🏼🙂✌🏼

    • Christine Bolton
      May 23, 2023 at 8:33 am

      Thanks Rob ☺️💕.

  6. May 23, 2023 at 3:31 am

    I’m the same, Christine, having grown up in London too. We had our favourite parks and green spaces, and always looked out for birds, especially robins in the snow! And I also remember the excitement of going to Trafalgar Square as a child, but with my nan, and feeding the pigeons. I loved the song from Mary Poppins, ‘Feed the birds, tuppence a bag’.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 23, 2023 at 8:17 am

      Thank you Kim. Our childhoods were very similar weren’t they. Your post brought back my memories of mugs of Bovril on winter days! ☺️💕

  7. May 23, 2023 at 1:01 am

    Still close to my heart ❤️
    Beautiful memories ♥️♥️

    • Christine Bolton
      May 23, 2023 at 8:32 am

      Thank you Roksana ☺️💕

  8. May 23, 2023 at 12:24 am

    Lovely recollections of happy times. Sounds like you were a naturalist from the beginning, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 23, 2023 at 8:32 am

      I think so Lisa. My brother was the same. ☺️💕

  9. May 22, 2023 at 11:00 pm

    Beautiful memories Christine

    • Christine Bolton
      May 23, 2023 at 12:03 am

      Thanks Sadje. It’s true I love trees, leaves and grasses and have always had a fascination with birds. ☺️❤️

      • May 23, 2023 at 1:28 am

        That shows in your poetry

  10. May 22, 2023 at 9:46 pm

    A beautiful haibun, Christine. Some would be running screaming if a pigeon landed on them. Hope them didn’t make any deposits!! :>)

    • Christine Bolton
      May 23, 2023 at 12:01 am

      Thanks so much Dwight. They do say it’s lucky to get plopped on by a bird! LOL 🤣

      • May 23, 2023 at 11:29 am

        Ha ha… thatn must have come from someone who never had it happen to them!!

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