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The award-winning voice of North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Georgia.

The Chant

The award-winning voice of North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Georgia.

The Chant

The cherishments of childhood

Addie Hill
Positive childhood memories can make up someone’s character, and potentially impact the rest of their life. An old tradition, memory or recurring event can easily return to children once they grow up, and transport them back to their childhood once again. Consistently, the reason for childhood nostalgia remains important for a child’s emotional stability for them to learn behavioral expectations and prepare for their future daily lives.

Numerous people recall memories from their childhood when they recognize an item or reference from their youth. After adolescence, people typically do not realize that their past memories stick with them throughout their transition into adulthood. These memories remain with them because of the positive impacts they hold. Nostalgia, described as a memory of happiness, occurs when a childhood staple triggers and reminds an individual of an experience, thought or memory from their past. This feeling causes the individual to sense an excessive yearning to return to the time or place to reunite with an item from their memory.

Similar to a regular staple, non-adolescents typically describe a childhood staple as an artifact that defined their growing up. Objects that remind people of their childhood commonly include old stuffed animals, toys and candy. Surprisingly, several adults do not recognize that memories in themself also exist as a common nostalgia trigger. 

“Growing up, my family and I had sort of a weekly tradition of going out to get frozen yogurt every Friday. I would say nine out of 10 times if I eat fro-yo or even if someone brings it up, I’m almost instantly reminded of my family. It’s kind of weird how that works but I guess there are a lot of things that have the ability to instantly remind me of my childhood,” junior Tessa Saunders said.

Stuffed animals generally become an important part of childhood, as they can become a comfort item for numerous children. Children develop connections and show signs of love toward their stuffed animals by naming them, feeding them and traveling everywhere with them. Stuffed animals serve as a tool for children to develop empathy and compassion toward others, which trains them for their future relationships.

Multiple traditions stem from the staples created in one’s childhood, which proceed to pass through their family line. For example, calling common baby toys or necessities by a different name may pass on to children born into a family. Parents typically start introducing items such as pacifiers to their children as a binky, dummy or soother. Baby blankets may embody significance when gifted by a close relative, or even passed down from previous family members, leading children to call their blanket a specific name. 

“I think that in most Hispanic families, and in general Hispanic culture, most baby things are called different names due to the language barrier. Growing up I called my baby blanket my ‘colchita’. I know that some people call their blanket a frazada in Spanish but I guess it really just depends on someone’s upbringing,” junior Jayson Lopez said.

The situations that occur in childhood exist as the foundation for future behavior, learning and health, and could genuinely impact a child for life. Although childhood staples embody certain events, specific to each person, it remains important for incoming generations to carry their own staples in their minds throughout their adolescence. As long as delightful memories come from traditions, those traditions can continue to pass down through generations, and positively impact families.

“I feel that there are so many things from my childhood that still randomly come to mind. I remember calling my pacifier a binky and then somehow that made my parents start calling it a binky. That term then got passed onto my sister when she started using hers. I think it’s pretty extreme to call it a tradition but it for sure has some significant meaning to my family,” junior David Achamaja said.

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Valentina Gonzalez
Valentina Gonzalez, Reporter
Valentina Gonzalez is a junior at NC. She joined The Chant her freshman year and plans to continue on the staff throughout the rest of high school. In her free time, she listens to music, watches movies and reads novels. Gonzalez loves the artistic value of life, loves to write and wishes to pursue a career in writing. She loves The Chant because of the artistic perspective she can put out into the world with her articles.  
Addie Hill
Addie Hill, Reporter
Since she was young, Addie Hill has always loved to write. From stories to poems to journaling, she’s always found a way to get her thoughts onto paper. Present-day Hill, a magnet junior, has joined The Chant to expand her writing abilities and shift her focus from fiction to journalistic pieces. When she’s not writing or interviewing, you can find Hill dancing, listening to music, crocheting a new project, reading a good book or hanging out at Church—one of her passions other than writing. She is a co-leader of NC’s Collective Hope Bible study club and an attendee of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Alongside these clubs, she is also a Beta Club officer and aspiring dance teacher.  Hill is super excited to pursue her first year at The Chant and can’t wait to get to reporting!

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