Friday, July 10, 2009

Ten Things About Me and My Childhood

When I started making up the list of ‘100 Things About Me’ last July I thought it would be easy peasy. A piece of cake washed down with a nice tall glass of cold 2% milk. Well, I was wrong. It’s really not that easy, as I’ve found. In fact I’ve only come up with 30 to date.

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I haven’t done one of these posts since last August so I figured it was time for another installment. Here goes.

Ten Things About Me and My Childhood:
  1. Living on the south side of Chicago until I was almost seven, I remember I never rang a doorbell when calling on a friend. The proper etiquette at the time was to stand at the front door and yell, “Yo-o-o-h, Susie! Can you come out and play?”
  2. Upon moving to the suburbs I was quite perplexed to learn the aforementioned was unheard of and you actually had to ring the doorbell.
  3. A little brother was not only good to lay blame on for any mishaps; he also provided more dates for my numerous Barbie dolls in the form of his GI Joe’s.
  4. Learning sign language along with my best friend in the fifth grade made it easy to communicate during class and not get caught passing notes.
  5. It was not only okay to get a drink from the hose; it was the preferred method of re-hydration after my mother had just gotten through washing the kitchen floor.
  6. Missing the bus for school not only meant getting there late because I had to walk; it also meant coming up with my own excuse since my mother wouldn’t write a note.
  7. Reading the complete set of the ‘Little House’ series by Laura Ingalls Wilder will make you long to live in the Big Woods or On the Prairie or even on the Banks of Plum Creek.
  8. Reading The Borrowers series will let your imagination run wild and make you wonder if little people are living in your dollhouse.
  9. In second grade it is not only acceptable to have a crush on the same boy as your friend, it is improper not to…
  10. …having a crush on the same boy in seventh grade is grounds for dissolution of said friendship.
Eventually I’ll finish this ‘Hundred Things’ list. Another ten down and sixty to go; how hard can it get (TWSS)?!?

17 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

Love it;) And the water always tasted so much better out of the hose, too....

Moonspun said...

yea, what IS it about that water hose?
I've read some of the Little House books with my daughter...classic! Did you know that they actually get more complicated to read as Laura gets older in the books and that they written that way on purpose!?

Organic Meatbag said...

Hehehe, I can relate to # 9... In 2nd grade, I think about 12 of us boys all had a crush on the same girl...and it got downright hostile for a bunch of 2nd graders...hahaha!

Badass Geek said...

One hundred things is a lot. You'd be better off to pace yourself. =)

Gin said...

Love it! I actually tried to convince my parents to move to somewhere out West so that we could live like the Ingalls.

Momisodes said...

Ah yes. I miss those days of sipping from a hose. When it wasn't considered unsafe :)

p.s. I shared a crush on a boy with my BF in 2nd grade.

p.s.s. In seventh grade, my BF dated the boy I had a crush on.

Kim's Korner said...

I LOVED the Laura books! But what I enjoyed even more, was when we'd watch Little House On The Prairie on sunday nights, and Mom would brush and braid my hair ... just like Laura's! ;-)

LceeL said...

Boy - do I remember #1. Only there wasn't anyone named Susie in our neighborhood (Now that I think about it - that's a little strange) We had Bobby, and Joey and Bronco and Eddie and George and Bobby P, and Gloria and Valerie and little Stevie that lived on the third floor the Zeferen's building and I think I was in love with his mother. Yes, I was a horny little stinker even then.

Aunt Becky said...

YOU GREW UP IN CHICAGO? That's AWESOME! We were practically neighbors.

Cat said...

Oh the days of being able to hollar at the front door for a friend to come out and play...

great memories!

Aunt Juicebox said...

I loved Little House, too. My ex husband started buying me the series (on VHS) but I must have given them away long ago, because I don't have them anymore.

Nej said...

2nd grade vs 7th grade...I totally agree!! :-)

Reinvent Dad said...

I grew up in a small town like the one featured by John Cougar, but I always remember ringing the doorbell and saying "Can such and such come out and play?"

Heckety said...

Oh YES! and I grew up in the west of Ireland before moving to London as a teenager CULTURE SHOCK or what! had to stop calling everyone Auntie and Uncle, never met friends families, they practically spoke a different language, they BOUGHT their clothes and no one knitted or sewed, they bought their vegetables too and had things like broccoli and runner beans (how exotic!), they didn't wear hand me downs, or read books...

Selma said...

When we were kids all the houses were left unlocked and kids just used to wander in. It would never happen nowadays. I loved these little snippets from your childhood.

Lola said...

100 of anything is a lot, except dollar bills of course. That's why I can't say I've tried to make any lists.

I enjoyed your list, though. Keep up the good work!

meleah rebeccah said...

Loved it. Number 5 was my favorite!