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When We Were Young

When We Were Young: Emily

Ever wondered what bloggers were like as kids? Me too. My new blog series talks to inspiring Irish bloggers about their childhood loves and dreams |

I’m so happy this is finally coming together! This is a series of posts I dreamed up many, many months ago and I stumbled across it in a notebook and it made me smile so I finally got my ducks in a row and made it happen. 

Welcome to When We Were Young, a new series that looks at what bloggers were like in their childhood. Each week, I’ll invite a lovely blogger to share a picture from their childhood (because who doesn’t like that kind of cuteness?) and answer a few questions about what they loved, played, sang and dreamed about as kids. Fun, no? 

First up: The wonderful Emily, of From China Village. If you’re not familiar with Emily, let me tell you – she’s a lady making it happen. Her passion for Dublin – and Ireland – really shines through in her honest, insightful posts and has led to a gorgeous e-book filled with day trip ideas and some brilliant posts for Conde Nast Traveler

But lets rewind a bit, right back to 1985 in fact and that little cutie above. Click through for our Q&A.

What did you love doing? I could spend hours reading. We lived next to the town library, so I had easy access to a constant stream of books. And I could spend ages in my room drawing or painting or making some kind of craft. I loved making things from an early age.

Where did you hang out? I grew up in a really small, rural town in Maine, so in the summer time we would be down at the lake, swimming, water skiing, tubing with friends. In the winter I used to love making big snow forts in the piles of snow at the top of our driveway. 
What did you want to be when you grew up? I’m not sure I ever had any grand plans for what I would be when I grew up. I can tell you there was never any plan to become a doctor or an astronaut or a ballerina. I’m sure I had aspirations of being an artist or a writer, so I’m glad those have come true a little bit! 
What was your favorite thing to eat? My dad was a newspaper journalist and worked evenings and came home quite late each night. He was in charge of making us breakfast and I always loved when he made us cinnamon toast. Looking back I’m not convinced there was much nutrition there, but I still make it to cheer myself up when I’ve had a bad day.
What was your favorite subject? I loved art and English classes and even history. I even enjoyed grammar homework – probably the product of being the child of an English teacher and a journalist/editor/mystery writer. 
So, hands up who’s craving cinnamon toast right now? I know I am. I loved that her love of words, be it reading them or writing them, stayed with her from childhood right through to now. A big thanks to Emily for taking part, and head back for another post next week. 

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  • Reply
    March 4, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    What a good idea, and a great photo—that deserves explanation. When Emily was small we had just bought a very big old house that needed a lot of work. So Emily’s toddler years were spent in what was usually a construction site. That’s why she’s using sawhorses as a jungle gym and a sanding belt as a hat. Emily was DYI even back then. Thanks for this, Nathalie!

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      March 8, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      Ah, that explains it! Working on her DIY skills early, smart girl 🙂 You must be so proud!

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