Occasionally you overhear a conversation that immediately and totally recalls the wonder of childhood. Today, on the train, was one of those days. A young girl sat on the train with mum and nan, surrounded by suitcases. The family were travelling to the coast and set about recounting holidays and memories.
There was some confusion over one trip, could nan remember that trip?, she wasn’t sure. Mum mentioned the hotel, the trip and days out but nan couldn’t place it. During this conversation the little girl was getting more and more excited, she clearly knew how top describe it. Her opportunity arrived and, having taken a deep breath, she embarked on her own description.
There was this arcade nan, on the right hand side of the pier. When you went past the penny slots and the change booth, towards the back. There was some bowling lanes and a big crane machine with pink teddies in. It wasn’t with the other crane machines it was hidden next to the motorbike game,where you could smell the chips remember?
Nan was none the wiser, the little girl was not crestfallen though. Now the little girl was back by the amazing machine that simply plucked teddies out of a pile and delivered them to happy children. Mum commented that the trip was 5 years ago, I estimate that would have made her 4 or 5 years old.
That for me sums up the delight of childhood and the coast in one easy chapter. When your most important memories of a trip are the smell of chips and a machine in the back of the arcade. That, people, is when your priorities are right!