“Tell us about a sensation — a taste, a smell, a piece of music — that transports you back to childhood.”
Excerpt From: The Editors, WordPress.com. “365 Days of Writing Prompts.” iBooks.
Oh, childhood. It brings back fond and embarrassing memories. It’s such a fragile yet critical time in the life of a human being. Childhood either makes or breaks us as adults. I would like to believe that, despite the challenges during puberty, I was made a better adult because of my experiences as a child.
Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for everyone. We all experience varying degrees of difficulty as we grow and each experience is, of course, unique to the individual. However, to some extent, there might be a few situations we have now that currently reminds us of a particular point in time when we were young and innocent.
For me, that sensation entails eating through a fast food restaurant that’s very well known in my home country. Last night, I was eating spaghetti from said fast food restaurant and, YES, it did remind me of my childhood!
Spaghetti, in particular, is such a journey when I eat it. It always reminds me of birthdays and kiddie parties. It is the ever-present food Filipinos have on their tables on birthdays, especially when the celebrant is a kid. For us, spaghetti (or anything of the pasta nature) symbolizes long life.
I know, it’s kind of… new… for some who are from different parts of the world to ever think that a specific kind of food could symbolize the length of a lifetime. It’s just how we roll. Come to think of it, it makes me smile whenever I remember this cultural sentiment. It’s quite endearing given that most of the world nowadays has become quite dependent on Western culture.
When you’re a child, you get to experience your homeland’s culture first hand. You get to know how people communicate, what they believe (or don’t believe) in, and how strong family ties should be. As you grow older, you discover many other social practices, beliefs, and types of relationships.
But you always go back to your childhood days because those were the times when your perception of the world has just been formed and the foundations have just been laid.
You specifically become more aware of yourself as a child when you find things that remind you of your younger self—like spaghetti or a certain kind of kid game you used to play.
For a moment, you let the sensation take over and remember how it used to be. Simply savor the experience. Let it transport you and remind you how life can still be as fragile though not as innocent.
Also published on Medium.