Childhood memories are special for everyone. I have many happy memories of my childhood and I enjoy looking back on the good times. I was born in Manhattan, N.Y and raised in Charleston, S.C. I was an only child so I spent a lot of time with my parents. My parents were both full time workers but they always made sure I was in activities and in exciting adventures. Of all the memories, there are three unforgettable events that took place in my childhood. I had the pleasure of horseback riding, summer vacations and high school graduation. All of these events brought me joy and happiness.
Ever since I was a little girl I would tell my parents that I wanted to ride a horse. Growing up in the country, there were many horseback ranches around. When I turned ten my parents granted me my wish, horseback riding. I was so excited I couldn’t sleep the night before or eat in the morning. Once we arrived I was greeted by the instructor and this beautiful white horse named Santana. Being next to a tall horse made me a little afraid to ride it. My mom encouraged me to try petting the horse to get comfortable. Riding the trail was the most exciting part of the whole experience because it taught me how to trot, gallop and control the horse. I felt like I was on top of the world. My mom and I took so many pictures. My parents made my tenth birthday so special.
Summer vacations were something every child looks forward to. I enjoyed summer vacations because I was able see my grandparents in New York. My grandparents owned a motor home and they would pick me up from South Carolina and travel to New York. They would always spoil me because I was their only grandchild. I looked forward to staying up late, eating everything and working hard at begging for ice cream. My grandmother enrolled me into a church day camp. They took us to museums, pools and theme parks. I enjoyed going to the wax museum the most because it felt like my favorite stars were so close to me. They were so life like and I took a picture with my favorite wax model, Lucille Ball. During my summer vacation I also went to work with my grandfather. He owns a plumbing business, which is doing very well. He would teach me the names of different tools. He always made me laugh and I learned so many fun things while working with him. Spending time with my grandparents meant so much to me. I enjoyed every summer I had with them. Graduating is such an accomplishment on so many levels. Graduating from high school was something that I thought would never happen. I attended a technology school and my major was early childhood. One of my graduation presents was a limo ride to graduation. I had never driven in a limo before and I was so excited. I was calling some of my friends from the limo. When it was time for my name to be called I had so many butterflies in my stomach. When I received my diploma I was so overwhelmed I started crying. My friends and family was cheering for me so loudly. After graduation my parents organized a surprise party for me. I was so shocked because it is very hard to surprise me. There was good barbeque and music. I received lots of congrats and money Graduation was such a monumental day for me and best of all I shared it with my family and friends. My childhood memories have molded me into the person I am today. Horseback riding has taught me to try new things and to not be fearful. My summer vacations has allowed me to be outgoing and to enjoy traveling. Graduating showed me that I can move on to higher education and also achieve my goals. Childhood memories are something that should be remembered and cherished for a lifetime. Memories are so precious and pure. My childhood memories will live with me forever and I hope to pass them on to my children in the future.