Childhood treasures

When I was a child there weren’t as many toys as today so everything I got was precious to me.

I remember at Christmas we would get our presents on Christmas Eve and whatever I got I would put by my bed so that I could see it again first thing in the morning.

I remember my first ‘real’ doll – her name was Carol and it had a whole rubber body and wavy, long brown hair. I don’t remember playing with dolls that much but remember that I had a particular fondness for Carol and she was my favourite doll for many years.

My other biggest treasure was my bike. I was 9 or 10 when I got it and it was a very modern bike as it was fold-able. One time my dad was teaching me to ride it in an open field and as he pushed the bike it opened up and I fell.

Another time I was riding with my sister sitting on the back and we fell. My sister was unhurt and ran home to call our parents. I had blood pouring from both my knees but my biggest concern was about the bike; I was so worried that I might have damaged it. In the end I was fine and the bike was fine too but this episode has stayed imprinted in my memory as that bike was so precious to me.

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Here is your FWF prompt

Write about your most memorable childhood gift. Was it a Christmas gift? A Birthday gift? Was it something you really wanted or was it a surprise that ended up holding a sentimental place in your heart? What do you remember? How did it make you feel?