I don't really remember knowing anyone who didn't think about their childhood with great joy. Suddenly everything we did when we were growing up seems as if it had been nearly perfect. We don't think much about how we cried a lot the day we scrapped our knee when playing tag in that rocky hill, or how we had gotten really mad at Rochell for not wanting to share her Malibu Barbie with us. Instead we normally think about the great things that went on in our lives. We think about the sunny days in summer, were we would run around in the grass with our ice cream cones, we think about the days were we could spend all day doing bike races, sometimes pretending they were horses, days were we could play pretend and laugh all afternoon.
Yes, we normally remember the good things that occurred in our childhood. Although this doesn't mean that our childhood was indeed our happiest period of time. I think we tend to over rate the past, old folks usually say that the past was far better than the present, in the past, they say, people had manners, people were much more smarter ,easy going etc. Although I don't think, this is always true.
I believe the real problem is that humans, can never be happy in the present. It is until an event has happened, that they can finally state:"...oh yeah, I guess I was happy in that time after all..."
It is only after it has passed, that a person really starts to appreciate it.
That is why, everyone normally says: "Oh my childhood, was one of the happiest time of my life. "
It is an event that has passed, and since we can never be happy with our present, and because we have to be happy with something, we tend to think that our childhood was indeed a very joyful time.