We all have things that instantly transport us back to happier and simpler moments in life, when your worst nightmare was not getting your Geography homework in on time.
Whether it be an old VHS tape, with the memories of which blanketing you in a soft downy pillow of fond reminiscences, an old game, a toy you find in the attic from your earliest years, or a simple smell or taste – the power of things, so to speak, can be the most prevailing catalyst of happiness. Not only happiness, but the bittersweet power of nostalgia.
Sometimes, you’ll encounter a random smell, and once you take it in, you’ll be instantly transported back to a time of your life that you forgot even happened. It really is incredible how a small thing like a certain smell or even a plate you found at your grandmas can fill your head with treasured memories.
Household items can be the biggest culprits of such strong feelings. And as such, let’s take a look at some every day household memories that will instantly take you back to your childhood.
9.The cutlery at your Nan’s house
Who can forget the old patterns and flowery designs on the plates at your Nan’s house? Who can forget, also, the fantastically unnecessary detail on the spoons and forks and knives at your Nan’s house?
Every time I had a meal at my Nan’s place, using a plate with an extremely detailed pattern, a knife, fork and spoon that look like they have been pinched from the cutlery draw of Louis XIV, I didn’t know whether I was on the set of Barry Lyndon, or in a time warp, as Doc Brown tells me that something has to be done about my kids.
Just to clarify, shower attachments are still a thing, so I don’t want you to think that you are horrendously out of touch with modern decorating if you have them. What tends to take you back to your childhood with shower attachments is what they look like.
Nowadays, shower attachments are sleek and stylish, but back in the 90s, or the 80s, shower attachments tended to look like enormous catheters. Looking back, it looks weird, but nevertheless, it still warms and heart and calms the soul.
You thought your dad was crazy for keeping all these old tins, you thought that all they were good for was clogging up the garage and taking up space.
But now, as you get a little bit older, you see the method behind the madness. Only now, can you appreciate why your dad kept all those old Quality Street tins, only to fill them with random stuff like nuts, bolts, screws and pliers.
You can never have too many nuts and bolts, and things of that nature, just in case something goes wrong around the house, and where at one time you might have thought it idiotic to keep tins filled with useless rubbish like that, now glad that you’re never short of anything you need, if ever you’re in a pinch or you need to re-fit a door.
Meanwhile, your dad is doing is best old prospector impression, standing in the corner with a smile as wide as the Atlantic Ocean shouting “Ya’ll laughed at me! Ya’ll laughed at me!!”
Does Argos even do catalogues anymore? I’m not sure. Nevertheless, nothing will take you back to your childhood faster than a quick peruse over an old catalogue.
Who can forget grabbing an old Argos catalogue as a kid and flipping immediately to the back section, where all the toys were hidden. It was such a magical time when your mom would ask you to have a look through the catalogue to pick out what you want for your birthday or for Christmas.
Nothing can top that.
These were always quite strange. Even at the time, we never quite understood why anyone would want these? But even so, looking back, it still makes us long for simpler times, when we had the time to be confused by things like animal bookends.
Maybe, actually now that I think about it, it was a clever way to try and draw us in to reading. Let’s be honest, when we’re young, school ruins books for us. It makes us hate reading. I can imagine that if we were left to our own devices that we, as kids, would like reading. But such is life.
At least if you have animal bookends, it makes books look a little bit more interesting.
4.Old school landlines
I love hotel rooms. You want to know why I love hotel rooms? Well, partly because someone cleans it for you. But mainly it’s because if I need to call downstairs for whatever reason, I can grab the phone, hold it to my ear, grab the base, and walk around with it. In doing this, I can forget, even for a moment, that I am trapped in the cold, heartless world of 2017 and I can pretend that I am in a 1970s road movie.
Another reason I love old school landlines is that it takes me back to my childhood. It’s amazing to think that, in just a few short years, a generation will come of age and not know what it is like to have to rely on a landline.
Picture this, young people. You’re back in 1999. So, you want to organise a football game with your mates? Then get ready to make 15 phone calls. Get ready to have to awkwardly ask one of their parents if they’re in. Get ready to be told to hurry up by your parents, lest you run up the phone bill. And get ready to be sharply cut off by the dial up internet. Yes, children, dial up. Google it.
Mind you, I’d say that if you want to make a long call, it is still best to use a land line. It’s still way clearer than a mobile. Mobiles are all well and good, but signal can still be a bit rubbish. Sometimes, the old things are the best.
3.Singing novelty fish
Whoever invented the singing novelty fish, if you are reading this, you are a genius. A troubled genius. Who could have thought that such a ridiculously wacky idea could actually be amusing?
But when I say amusing, I use that word carefully. It does get old after a while. Hearing it once is fine, but there are only so many times I can hear “Rock Around the Clock” and not want to dip my index finger in water and jam it into a plug socket.
2.Ice Lolly Moulds
Now then, if you want to talk about genius, look no further than the hero that developed this idea. There are some inventions that come along and make us thing “how did we ever live without this?”
Examples of inventions that illicit such a response come in the form of things like the microwave, the dishwasher, indoor plumbing, fire, the wheel, mobile phones and George Forman grills.
But there is another invention that you may have forgotten about, but nonetheless more than deserves a place on the aforementioned list, and that is, of course, ice lolly moulds.
I mean, who could not think that being able to make an ice lolly out of lemonade, coke, apple juice, or anything else could be a good idea? It was the perfect chaser to a hot summer’s day.
S**t, it’s not just being a kid that made this fun, you could still put ice lolly moulders to good use. Why not wait for a blistering summer’s day, sit out in the garden with a book or some music, and chow down on your Strongbow Dark Fruits ice lolly?
What a time to be alive this truly is.
Hi-Fi systems were the prototype for the modern day docking station. But they had so much more character about them then modern docking stations do.
You had to use CD’s, or if you’re an even finer wine, cassette tapes. None of this shuffling bo****ks. If you put a CD in and sat back to listen, you were making a commitment. If you decided half way through that you wanted to listen to something else, then you were not afforded the luxury of a tiny little remote like we have now for docking stations.
Oh no, if you wanted to listen to something else, you had to get up and find another CD. And if you had just gotten comfortable or if you were…in the middle of something…then God help you.
It was truly a decision that separated the men from the boys. Even now, Hi-Fi systems look so much cooler than docking stations. I don’t even think that that’s my longing for the 90s talking, I just think they do. Some things, you just can’t improve on.
So there you have it. Have we missed any out? Do you agree or disagree with our list? Do you have any yourself that we missed off? Tell us about your childhood sense memories in the comments below!