The Good Old Days
Illustration by Nina Markaryan from Ouch!

The Good Old Days

An overview of my childhood, something I cherish with all my heart.

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Back in the day when we used to play in the street, the street that even after 29 years I still call our street.

A bunch of 10-year-old kids, no phones, no computers, nothing but our imagination. A couple of canes were more than enough to make a sword and a machine-gun, a couple more and we had a military camp ready for battle, with imaginary enemies of course.

I remember this old lady that had an open yard where we used to play, she had this water tank, she would let us drink water whenever we wanted, a filthy tap, and we used it anyway, no worries about diseases, microbes or anything like that. We used that tap so many times that I wonder how much extra money she had to pay at the end of each month.

We didn’t have phones nor computers, but we had a Mega Drive, and of course that we spent a lot of days playing video games, taking notes of the special moves of Mortal Kombat characters, I still have a file with those notes. Every time a game didn’t work, for some weird reason, we would blow out the tape, and like magic, the game works again.


Daily routine

Waking up at 8 am, going to a friends house and spending the whole day playing with Action Man figures, planning meticulously a plan to taking down the guards and invade Dr X base.

Action Man Scuba

Using this little fellow in the kitchen sink, where there was a secret passage that would lead to the living room where Dr X had a couple of guards hiding behind some furniture or hanging in a chandelier.

Action Man was probably one of the toys that we used to play the most, to be honest, I can’t remember all of them, but I do remember some, like these:

Action Man Boxer

We had so many trading cards, the money we spent, oh boy. We stopped only when we had the whole collection. We would trade the duplicate ones, and if I had one that no one had I was considered as the King of the Trading Cards. The one I remember the most:

Dragon Ball Cards

These are just a few examples of how awesome my childhood was, and that I and my friends are keen to talk about several times every time we are together.

Back in the day there was only us and our imagination, and we had so much fun, we were respectful to everyone, younger or older, it didn’t matter. We had the time of our lives, and no one can take that away from us.


In 50 years, I don’t think you’re gonna look back at 2006 and say, ‘The good old days’.
Brandon Flowers