Extremely Specific Things That Will Remind You Of Your Childhood

Everyone has those things that remind them of their childhood, and while not everyone is going to remember the same things, there are a handful of memories that everyone can agree immediately reminds them of some simpler times.

The Scholastic book fair, those aluminum slides that were on every playground that was burning hot on a sunny day, and the sound you heard when someone messaged you on MSN. Precious memories.

The Cool Parents Let You Have A Wine Glass

drinking cola from a wine glass joke
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Photo Credit: Reddit

You thought you were so cool if your parents gave you any sort of drink in a fancy glass. It probably only happened on holidays, which made your sprite in a beer glass all the more special.

You’re Stronger Than Science

make the two magnets touch even though they won't
Photo Credit: Reddit
Photo Credit: Reddit

You knew that it wasn’t going to work because it hadn’t worked the last ten times you tried, but you kept trying because what if that day was the day it finally worked?

You’re Not My Real Mom

looks like my mom random woman
Photo Credit: Reddit / earli9ht
Photo Credit: Reddit / earli9ht

Nothing was more uncomfortable than walking up to a woman in the grocery store and following her down the aisle only to discover she was not, in fact, your mom and that you were panicked.

Will Your Rain Drop Win?

raindrop race while driving
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Photo Credit: Reddit

If it was raining while you were in the car, chances are you were either watching the rain drops race down the window or you were reenacting your own sad music video.

This Is Why You Should Always Use A Fork For Mac And Cheese

mac and cheese split noodles on a fork
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Photo Credit: Facebook

It takes time and patience to line up the noodles on the fork prongs, but once you succeeded it was all worth it. The extra effort practically makes it taste better than a regular forkful.

How Long Can You Stay In The Groove?

running finger along the grooves in the wall
Photo Credit: Imgur
Photo Credit: Imgur

There was no reason for you to trace your finger along the ridge whenever you were walking down the hall between classes or going to drop something off at the office for your teacher, but you probably did it at least once.

There Was Literally No Reason For This One

pulling coupons from the smartsource
Photo Credit: Instagram / @nostalgia
Photo Credit: Instagram / @nostalgia

And then would get yelled at by their mom for wasting the paper and pulling out a bunch of coupons you absolutely did not need. In hindsight, we deserved to be yelled at for this one.

Hot Lunches Hit Different

milk with hamburgers at school at 1130
Photo Credit: Twitter / @ogneen
Photo Credit: Twitter / @ogneen

A hot lunch day was already exciting, whether it was pizza, hot dogs, or hamburgers, and it didn’t matter that you were eating a lukewarm hamburger at 11 am along with a carton of milk and a bag of Doritos.

Who Picked This Hairstyle

girls in kids drawings with curly hair
Photo Credit: Reddit / CTHAWK32
Photo Credit: Reddit / CTHAWK32

You don’t expect your kid’s drawing to be amazing, but could we not have done better than that weird curly line for a girl’s hair? Who made the decision that girls would have that hair and boys would be bald like Caillou?

You Never Know What Was Lurking Down There

running up the basement stairs before death consumes you
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Photo Credit: Reddit

Let’s be honest, you probably still do this sometimes don’t you? You go back to visit your parents in the house you grew up in, they ask you to grab something out of the basement and as you come upstairs, despite being an adult, you find yourself going just a little faster than normal.

Let That Sink In

a tree growing inside after eating a seed
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Photo Credit: Reddit / suboppheh

This is also how we all looked after someone told us that if you swallowed your gum it would stay inside you for at least 7 years, and then you’d dwell on all the pieces of Hubba Bubba that were inevitably stuck inside you.

The Pain Was Worth It

scars from freezies on your face
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Photo Credit: Reddit / DatElonMusketeer

Chances are you didn’t have access to scissors the moment you were handed a freezie, and then you’d be too excited to wait until someone went to get some, so you’d rip it open with your teeth. You’d be left with jagged edges that cut your mouth, but you got a freezie so it’s fine.

How Many Posters Can You Fit On Your Wall?

scholastic book fair throwback
Photo Credit: Reddit / MccreesKnees
Photo Credit: Reddit / MccreesKnees

There was truly no joy like walking into the library or the gym to discover the Scholastic Book Fair had been set up. You rolled up with your $10 and you could buy enough scented erasers to last you until next year.

Testing Your Friendships

floating in the pool to see if anyone would notice
Photo Credit: Twitter
Photo Credit: Twitter

That inner preteen angst would always hit during a swimming field trip or a pool party and you’d have to test to see which one of your friends and family truly cared about you.

Are You Sure We’ve Met Before?

mom making me say hi to someone you don't know
Photo Credit: Instagram / @hostinglaughs
Photo Credit: Instagram / @hostinglaughs

Your mom’s friend who met you once as a child must realize you don’t have any clue who Janet from her book club is right? She can’t possibly think you remember every woman you met between the ages of zero and 10.

You Remember The Log In Sound

MSN messenger interface
Photo Credit: Reddit / Antallica
Photo Credit: Reddit / Antallica

Coming home after school to sit down at the family computer in the living room and log in to your MSN Messenger account was the only thing that mattered. You had just spent all day with your friends, but now you could spend time with them online and post angsty statuses.

You Had To Pick The Perfect Spot

elementary school drying rack for art
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Photo Credit: Pinterest

Creating a masterpiece in art class and then having to take it over to this bad boy was stressful. You had to make sure you don’t mess up your art while walking, plus you had to pick the perfect drying rack and remember which one you were placing your painting on.

My Mom Did This To Me When I Talked Too Much

placing hair clip over your mouth as a kid
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Photo Credit: Pinterest

I don’t know who first discovered that you could take one of those giant hair clips and put it around your mouth but once you learned it, it was a whole different ball game.

Say Thank You, Or Else

calling to say thank you for presents
Photo Credit: Twitter / @AndyLeeman91
Photo Credit: Twitter / @AndyLeeman91

Were you ever told “children who say thank you get more presents?” as a way of guilting you into calling the aunt you haven’t seen in 8 years to say thank you for the socks she sent you for Christmas? Yeah, so were we.

It’s Better Than A Nicotine Addiction

baby yoda smoking as a kid when its cold
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Photo Credit: Reddit

This was us at 5 years old, 8 years old, even 15 years old. The thrill of pretend smoking never goes away, and it’s far better for our lungs than the alternative.

Peel Away

leaving glue to dry on hand then peeling off
Photo Credit: Twitter / @netgrind
Photo Credit: Twitter / @netgrind

You know from one look at this photo that this person doesn’t have some sort of weird condition, they’re just in the process of peeling white Elmer’s glue off of their hand after letting it dry while they were bored in class.

You Needed A Laser To Open These

cd plastic wrapping difficulties
Photo Credit: Reddit / Dasgerman1984
Photo Credit: Reddit / Dasgerman1984

Why did they make CDs so hard to open? I mean, we know it was for theft purposes but it also made it hard for the rest of us who just wanted to listen to the new Britney Spears CD on the car ride home.

Don’t Even Blink

opening eyes in the shower because of the demons
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Photo Credit: Twitter / @fatimalmao

You knew that no one else was in the bathroom while you were in there, but at the same time, you could just never be absolutely positive unless your eyes stayed open the whole time.

Here Comes The Sun

sun in the corner of every page
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Photo Credit: Reddit / mykeuk

Even as an adult, if a child ever asks you to draw a sun you probably still do it this way right? It just makes sense. The sun goes in the corner of the page.

You Could Even Turn It Into A Weapon

eraser holes from your pencil
Photo Credit: Twitter / FahadKhreji
Photo Credit: Twitter / FahadKhreji

There was no reason for all of us to destroy our erasers and our pencils by stabbing our led into the eraser, but we all did it anyway. What kind of pattern you made said a lot about you too.

This Carpet Brings Us All Back

nostalgia inducing road carpet from school
Photo Credit: Reddit / KingOfAthena
Photo Credit: Reddit / KingOfAthena

If you had one of these in your house you were probably rich and all your poor friends wanted to play with it because the rest of us only had access to one at our school.

You’re The Next Pop Sensation

original autotune was the fan
Photo Credit: Twitter / @Alt_Keili
Photo Credit: Twitter / @Alt_Keili

The first time you discovered that speaking into a rotating fan would make you sound like t-Pain was a great day for you, and a terrible day for your parents or whoever else was in the room where the fan was.

You Are The Hiding Master

laughs in hidden  during hide and seek
Photo Credit: Instagram / @teaandlaughter
Photo Credit: Instagram / @teaandlaughter

Having your hide and seek skills validated by someone walking past you was such an ego boost. You knew your spot was a good one, but you needed someone else to reinforce that.

Play At Your Own Risk

parts of the playground that burn you
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Photo Credit: Reddit / GlipGlopKing28

Everyone had their favorite piece of equipment on the playground, and each one came with certain risks. If you had a metal slide in your schoolyard, you had to be prepared to have your skin seared off on a hot day. But if you had a plastic one, then you had to prep for the static shock you’d inevitably get.

It Was Worth Getting Scolded

pushing shopping cart around the corner
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Photo Credit: Reddit

There was no reason for you to go racing around the corner of every aisle and nearly skid into that display of soup, but you did it anyway because something in you said you had to.