‘What does childhood mean to you?’
This was the question we asked you two weeks ago and what a phenomenal response we have had.
A big thank you to everyone who joined us – we have received some fantastic answers and pictures on twitter and facebook – all on display on our Lost Childhood Pinterest wall.
We believe that childhood should be as rich with colour and experiences as you described for every child, no matter where they are born. As children in West Africa are losing their childhoods as a result of the food crisis, we hope your answers will inspire the UK to do what they can to help give it back. We will be giving you more information on how you can help next week.
Donations to our West Africa appeal are being matched pound for pound by the British Government. This helps children not just today, not just tomorrow, but to restore their childhood for many years to come.
So please – read ahead our round up of the best answers. Have any more thoughts? Please leave them on our comments below!
Childhood is about those all important choices – like deciding which football team you’re going to support… Ben
Childhood is fun, freedom and adventure… Graeme
- Childhood is about… sweet shop adventures! Maxine
Childhood was wanting me to be like my big brothers and laughing until my tummy hurt. Nina
Childhood is about discovery. Kayla
Childhood……. is believing I really, really was a fairy! Sarah
Childhood is about being carefree. Laura
Childhood is the chance to dream, and the time to believe your dreams can come true. Em
Childhood is about meeting your childhood heroes! – Mark
Childhood is being proud of breaking your arm on the trampoline – Amy
Childhood is protecting your younger siblings and bossing them around! Rakhee
Childhood is: Being able to live each day as it comes without having to bear any burdens…just living free. Michelle
Childhood is getting excited about small things, like buses, ducks and dogs (real or not)! David
Childhood is: Sitting on my dads shoulders and missing the players emerge from the tunnel in order to see where the spine tingling chorus of singing was coming from. Mark
Childhood is… childhood games. ‘One of my favourite games as a child was ‘the tasting game’. Basically you had to blindfold your younger gullible sibling, then feed them a surprise on a teaspoon…they had to guess what it was.’ Fee
Childhood for us = embarrassing photos & birthday parties. Childhood in West Africa = hungry & poverty. Emma
Happy memories of my childhood – joint birthday parties with my big brother and an amazing cake made by mum. Mim
- Childhood is feeling safe enough to sleep through anything! – Leanne
Childhood is: Long afternoons on the beach, ice cream dropping down your fingers. – Jax
Childhood is: Seeing my dad jump around with wild abandonment as the first goal went in, and the second, third, and fourth that followed. Mark
Childhood is: long lazy summer afternoons filled with nothing but magic adventures. No responsibilities, no chores, no fear. Angelica
Childhood is: about walking hand in hand with your hero. Molly
- Childhood is… your first big catch. Graeme
Childhood is about: those innocent years. Vicki
Childhood is playing for hours and forgetting about anything else. Debbie
- Childhood is… sunny Saturday afternoons with my grandad. Carla
Childhood is knowing that a cute smile can get you anything you want – even if your 70′s outfit leaves a lot to be desired. – Samantha
Childhood was about holidays where the sun shone every day… Bev
- Childhood is about capturing the moment – Chris
Childhood is all about loving and being loved. Wendy
Childhood is about discovering everything for the first time – and laughing until you burst! Sally
Childhood is: tears over popped balloons, friendships broken and just as quickly mended. Jax
Childhood is playing games with your brothers. Poe
Childhood is: about rummaging through your mum’s jewellery box and stowing away the shiny things, like a magpie. Molly