Throwback Thursday #45 – Nighttime Rituals

Maggie is our host this week for the Thursday Throwback and this week’s prompt is: Nighttime Rituals

I’m going to use her ten guidelines this week.

  1. Did you share a room with a sibling, or did you have a room of your own?
    Sis and I shared a room until my Brother got married in 1965, then I had what was his room. It was great to have my own space and I kept it clean and tidy. I also liked to move the furniture around!
  2. Did you resist going to bed or did you go willingly?
    Bedtime was around 8pm (I remember being allowed to watch Coronation Street which was on at 7.30 Mondays and Wednesdays) but f we had visitors, we were allowed to stay up an extra half an hour, but no television. I was happy to go to bed.
  3. Did someone put you to bed, tuck you in, or read you a bedtime story?
    I remember my dad would come and tuck us in and I loved it as we were tucked in really tight! I can’t remember being read to though.
  4. Was there a religious component, like prayers, to your nighttime routine?
    I remember saying prayers when I was very young.
  5. Did you go to sleep immediately, or lie awake?
    Most times I would go straight to sleep, unless I was excited about Christmas or my birthday.
  6. Did you journal, read a book, talk on the phone or with your siblings, or watch television when you were supposed to be sleeping?
    I used to keep a moan book in which I wrote down all my gripes or if something was on my mind. I’d read it later, laugh and rip the pages out.  In later life I used to read before turning the light off.
  7. Did you ever sleepwalk?
    Not that I remember.
  8. Did you remember having dreams? If you dreamed, did you ever have bad dreams? Do you remember any dreams specifically?
    I had some pretty bad nightmares as a kid and would go into my parents room and snuggle under the blankets with them. I’d soon be asleep and would wake up in my own bed. I had a recurring dream about my Mum’s feet and when she took her boots off, they would be bleeding.
  9. Were you afraid of the dark? Did you sleep with a nightlight or sneak into your sibling’s or parent’s room at night because you were afraid?
    No,  I wasn’t afraid of the dark, but in all the houses I’ve lived in, both as a child and an adult, there has always been a street lamp outside!
  10. Did you have or attend sleepovers or slumber parties? Feel free to elaborate.
    No. I had a friend stay for a few days though when her Mum was in hospital.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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14 Responses to Throwback Thursday #45 – Nighttime Rituals

  1. Maggie says:

    I love the idea of having a moan book! I need one of those now. I have always appreciated parents who would allow their children to come in to their bed if they were frightened. I am glad you had that comfort. Thanks for joining in again this week.

  2. murisopsis says:

    I had to share a room with my sister until my baby sister was out of her crib. Then I got my own room and the 2 younger ones shared a room! That was wonderful since I was a neat freak and my sisters were both untidy… When we were young my mother and father would read to us or tell us stories. As I got older I would read until my parents insisted I turn off the light. As for dreams, I’ve always had very vivid dreams and usually can remember them. Some are good and others frightening! I was afraid of the dark – but mostly afraid of what might be lurking under the bed. To that end I’d turn off the light and then jump onto the bed!

  3. Nope, Not Pam says:

    Nightmares as a child are terrible. I had a reoccurring one for nearly three months 😳

  4. willowdot21 says:

    Lovely post Di I really enjoyed it. I wish I’d had a moan book 💜💜💜

  5. Carol anne says:

    you have some wonderful memories Di! ❤

  6. Lauren says:

    Thanks for joining in Di. I’ve never had the ability to fall asleep quickly. I envy those that can. Being tucked in tight would have freaked me out. I am glad it comforted you.

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