Our Childhoods

Here, we remember the times when we were very young. Would you like to share your memories with us? Did you grow up in a city, a small town, a village, or somewhere quite isolated? Where did you go to school? What games did you play? Did you have any favourite pets? And there are many other questions.

In our course book, we read an article on how your position in your family affects your personality.

Artur grew up in Communist-era Poland. He has a younger brother.
Monica is the middle child in her family. All her childhood she tried to emulate her older sister.
Salvatore grew up in a house with a big garden. He has an older brother.
Costanza had a beautiful childhood. She has an older sister.

So now tell us your childhood story. Scroll to the bottom of this page and add your comment.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. monica dugo says:

    I’ m the middle child in my family. My first sister is 13 months older than me, and all my childhood I have tried to imitate her.
    When she started the first year at elementary school, I cried for 3 weeks, because I would absolutely insist of going to school with her.
    I was 4 years old, but my parents, exhausted by my crying, sent me to school with her.
    I was so stubborn, I studied so hard, that I passed the exams at the end of the year with sharing all tens.
    All my life I was the youngest of my class at school. I’ m very happy to have had this encouragement, but sometimes I ask myself: why I was in a hurry to go to school?
    I would like to have received the kindergarten experience that I missed.

    1. mikiroma says:

      Hi Monica, many thanks for this nice piece!
      A small correction:
      “I passed the exams at the end of the year with sharing all tens.”
      This should be:
      “I passed the exams at the end of the year with straight tens.”

      I hope this helps!

  2. Artur says:

    When I was born my parents did not have their own flat, so we lived together with my grandmother, my mother’s sister with her husband and son and my mother’s brother with his wife and two children. A total of 11 people – 7 adults and 4 children in a flat with one room, a kitchen and a small toilet. When my brother was born, one year later than me, there was no place for him in this flat. He lived separately with my father’s parents for the first 5 years. When I was 7 years old my parents received a flat and we were able to live with my brother.

    Our fraternal relationship was very difficult. I was often sick and I was physically very weak. My brother was a strong and energetic boy. I was responsible, sensitive, and very good at school while my brother was a typical troublemaker, and learning was not his priority. We often argued and almost never managed to play with each other. I think these difficulties stemmed from the fact that we had lived separately for five years. Today our relationship is better. My brother founded a family and in contrast to me he has 2 sons (while I have 2 daughters). My brother’s first son was born one day earlier than my first daughter. Our children get along with each other better than I did with my brother in childhood.

    My childhood was difficult, but happy, like that of most children in Poland, who lived through the communist era. We could only travel to the countries of the Communist bloc, provided we received a passport, which was not easy. Several times our vacation was spent only in Czechoslovakia or Hungary. When martial law was declared in Poland in 1981, I remember how a teacher at school told us that there would be troops and militia on the streets who could shoot at our parents. I was extremely scared. Every day I stood in the window and watched my parents go home after work at the right time. It lasted more than a year. It was very difficult to buy many things. Shops were almost empty. Meat, flour, butter and sweets were rationed. My parents received a special note on which it was written what they could buy in a month. I remember that they could only buy one bar of chocolate a month for me and for my brother.

    When I grew up and I was 18, the Communist bloc in Europe broke up. We started to live in a free country. Since then everything has changed. Today Poland is a modern and democratic country, a member of the European Union and NATO, free from Soviet influence.

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