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Boyhood memories – What made you happy?

A few days ago, I posted on my Facebook page a question, “Complete the sentence: What makes you happy? I’m happy when..”

That came from a thought — if we know what makes us happy, why don’t we spend more time on those things? Right? Make a list of the things that make you happy, and then devote more time during your day exploring those things.

Which then got me thinking, what made me happy when I was a kid? So just for fun and thankful reflection, here are 11 things from my boyhood that make me smile when I relive some of those happy memories.

Ma sha Allah, I had so much fun putting this post together. They say you should write for the benefit of the audience — sorry guys, this one was for me 🙂

Which of these can you relate to?

1. Pic-a-pop


Remember when you were a kid, at those Muslim community dinners (we had so many in Canada), and all you wanted to do was run around and drink soda all night? I don’t know why this was the first thing that came to mind when I thought of making this list (maybe I was thirsty :). Pic-a-pop was a bottled beverage company, with all these fun flavors, where you dropped off the old glass bottles and picked up the new ones. Muslim community dinner functions were always special when an uncle showed up with these.

2. Optimus Prime – the Transformers

Optimus Prime

OK, the Transformers were the coolest thing. EVER. A car, which turns into a robot which turns into a car? Autobots, Decepticons? Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots, was like a father figure to all boys growing up in the 80s. I repeat: ALL BOYS. We loved Optimus Prime. I never owned the toy, but I had a neighbor that did, and I would go over to his house so we could play with it.

3. Nintendo & Ice Hockey