Many of you don’t know this, but I was born and raised on a farm in South Auckland. Ramarama to be exact.
I am the eldest of four children – I have 2 brothers and a sister. My parents had us all pretty close together – my brother and I are 11 months apart, him and his brother are 11 months apart, and then there’s 18 months between my brother and my sister. That’s right – four kids under five.
Growing up as a Kiwi kid, I remember running around the outside of the house chasing my brothers, pretending to be Superheroes.
I remember my Dad shooting the biggest rat I’d ever seen in my entire life.
I remember sitting on my Dad’s lap while he turned the soil in the tractor.
I remember hearing a HUGE explosion, and watching in awe out the window at dirt shooting up in the air – Mum explained it was the works over in the local quarry.
I remember watching Dr Who on TV and wanting to change my name to Sarah (random, I know).
I remember eating a lego flower.
I remember the TV shows we watched like Rainbow Brite, Sooty & Sweep, Fraggle Rock, and Play School. And then later on watching What Now on a Sunday, and watching Jason Gunn and Thingee … (especially when his eye fell out)
I remember Billy T James and laughing together as a family so hard, that we cried.
At the age of 6, we moved from our farm to Manurewa, and then finally to Papatoetoe; which is where my parents live now (and where I spent my teenage years).
I played sports – soccer, tennis and cricket. Heck I even used to march!
I walked to school; rain, hail or shine.
I learned to drive in a column shift van (don’t even ask) when I was 16.
I remember the movies at Manukau when they were first built, and then spending an hour walking there from home just so I could see Titanic.
I remember a lot, and I love those memories. Growing up as a Kiwi kid was amazing.
What are some of your favourite memories as a Kiwi kid?
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