I don’t reminisce much about my childhood. I mean, every now and then I’ll take a trip down the ol’ memory lane, but to be honest, there aren’t that many things that transport me back. It mainly happens when I run into someone from my childhood. The conversation usually consists of them starting sentences with “remember when …” and I find myself nodding, whilst trying desperately to not give away how bad my memory is, and in fact I do not remember when. Sorry Jess from Room 11 in Year 3, but right now it’s hard enough to remember last week, let alone something that happened (*gasp*) over 20 years ago.
Oh, god. Was primary school really 20 years ago?? Sorry, minor distraction there …
Jelly sandals and Spice Girls …
But anyway, regardless of my terrible memory in regards to the specifics of my (pretty awesome) childhood, there are a couple of things that stand out. One is those jelly sandals with the glitter in them. Another is the girl band I made with three friends, inspired by the ever-iconic, ever-trendy Spice Girls. One of those friends recently sent the rest of us a recording of the cassette tape we made, complete with songs written by us and several attempts at harmonising. And … well … let’s just say that particular memory should have remained in history without supporting evidence. I’m glad my 21st has been and gone! But one really strong memory that I will quite happily revisit is drinking a warm MILO with milk.
… and a warming MILO with milk
I remember coming home every day in winter and mum making MILO with milk for all of us kids (there were a lot of us!). There was always that mad scramble as to who got the mug with the milk froth that gave it an extra millimetre or two above the others. Not that I’m competitive, of course. My siblings were … honest …
I also remember lining up at school camp and saving my MILO with milk until I’d chomped through my rather-excitedly-over-toasted toast.
Sharing the best of our childhood with our kids
My partner and I often talk about how we can take the best parts of our childhoods and give them to our kids. He went camping lots when he was younger, so that’s a bit of a family favourite for us now. We make pikelets and end up with jam everywhere. We stop at the entrance to the hardware store on a Saturday and scoff our faces with barbecued sausages (sorry, I mean “support our local sports teams”). We try to encourage fort building, silly play, bike riding, tree climbing – all that good stuff. And of course, the tradition of enjoying a warm MILO with milk in the mornings or when it’s chilly.
Nestlé recently sent me some MILO to review, but to be honest, we’ve always been MILO fans in our house. They timed it perfectly though – the tins arrived just as our old pack ran out! How’s that for divine timing? Ashton loves having a MILO with warm milk in the mornings. He’s happy from the warm fuzzies he gets while drinking it, and I’m happy from the warm fuzzies of knowing that my active son is getting a good nutritional boost before he heads off to school all day!
Ashton also loves having his post-road patrol or after-school MILO with milk – although he doesn’t have as many siblings as I did, so he gets his after-school MILO with milk made just for him. As a kid, I didn’t know about the added nutritional benefits of adding MILO to milk. I didn’t know as an adult either really until Nestlé sent through the nutrition information for me to look at! Because he’s such an active kid and sometimes doesn’t eat much during the day, it’s so reassuring to know that at least he’s getting the nutritional support and sustenance from his morning MILO with milk – and it’s such a bonus that he’ll quite happily guzzle it down! Ashton doesn’t know about the 8 vitamins and minerals MILO adds to milk … he just knows it tastes good!
Every now and then my partner and I will have one too, and take that warming trip down memory lane. Definitely a memory that I’ve inspected the evidence for – and I can attest, it’s just as satisfying now as it was back then.
What are your favourite childhood memories? Join the discussion in the comments below.
This article was written by Bunny Kim. Bunny was sponsored by Nestlé to write this blog for the MILO Hero Mums promotion and was provided with complimentary product and remuneration. However, these views are the personal opinions of Bunny and do not necessarily reflect the views of Nestlé.
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