No matter how old and mature and sophisticated you may be, there are a few certain things that quickly unravel years of adulthood and leave you in a fog. You temporarily forget about your mortgage, your electric bills, and your constantly buzzing iPhone, and remember nothing but the comfort and ease of childhood. It’s a wonderful and blissful confusion to be transported back to your childhood, and here are 5 sure-fire ways to do just that.
1. Your siblings
Your siblings are the ones who were standing right beside you as you went through every awkward phase in your life. From the bed-wetting to the bra-stuffing, they watched and mocked it all. They’re the only ones who can truly understand your crazy family, and how you turned into the adult you are. When the whole gang of DNA-sharers is back together, you are all temporarily reverted back to a time when you lived under the same roof and fought over Barbies and rights to the remote control. Fighting and playing with your siblings was a staple of childhood, and when you’re all together you may forget you are well past the age of noogies and wedgies.
2. That one special lunch
Everyone has that one food that they eat when they’re longing for childhood comfort- macaroni and cheese, dinosaur chicken nuggets, fish fingers…whatever it may be. It’s the one food your mom made for a special lunch on snow days, or in the summer when she was home for the day. It smells and tastes like home. You’ve since learned to cook this meal yourself, but as you do, you long for the days you’d watch your mother cook in the kitchen. She made everything look so easy, so graceful…and maybe it’s a bias, but her cooking always tastes better than anyone else’s.
3. That one TV show
You know the one. Rugrats? Spongebob? Power Rangers, perhaps? You watched it every time it was on. You watched it well past the age it was intended for. Heck, you still watch it when you see it on TV or Netflix. You watch it alone in your adult apartment, missing the days when your whole family would watch TV together and your parents would fake enthusiasm for children’s shows.
4. Your childhood home
No matter how far you or your parents move, your childhood home will always be the physical manifestation of your youth. The walls hold a million memories and stories. You know every dent, scratch, and mark in that house, as well as the story behind the scars. You could walk those hallways with your eyes closed. You can always remember the way it smelled when you first walked in, and which floorboards creaked the loudest. For years, you knew no where else as “home”, and this house is the epitome of comfort. Even just a drive-by or a picture of the house can send your memory jogging through the years.
5. A hug from your parents
Whether you are five or fifty-five, a simple hug from mom or dad will make you lose sight of reality. When you’re having a bad day, wrapping up in the comfortable smell and softness of your parents makes you feel like a child without a care in the world. That single embrace embodies decades of hugs, and holds the simple comfort found in a parent’s love.