As I remember it my childhood was a time of dualities. Being carefree vs. worries about things I didn''t quite understand. I was the type of child who sat under the table and listened to the grownups talk. I didn't want to miss anything. As a result, I worried about things that should have been outside of my realm of care. I was a dreamer who was also the eldest child so I was expected to act responsibly. I was fearful when I should have been fearless. I was chubby and had wavy hair ( I didn't fit the beauty benchmarks of my youth). I loved to read and lived inside of my books. I wasn't mathematical and was terrorized by my grammar school math teacher. She was mean! I didn't feel very good about myself.
I was challenged by this post to think back to when I was 9 years old and come up with my own 9 yr wish list.
- Mother will only buy me cute shoes from now on-no more sensible oxford lace ups.
- My local library will stock up on all the books I love so that I can read all of the Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys and Trixie Belden books ever written.
- I will get to ride my bike in the street and my little sister will have to wait until she is 9 to be allowed to do so. (not when she is 7 when I had to wait until I was 9)
- I will be allowed to purchase more Popsicles from the ice cream truck.
- I get my own bedroom, no more sharing.
- Never ever never again will I have to eat squash or boiled okra!
- No more being sent to take a bath in an scary empty house while the rest of the family sits out on the front porch. (this scared me so much that I whistled the whole time I was in there by myself, I whistled because I imagined that if I stopped they would know something was wrong and they would rush in to rescue me from unknown terror)
- I will be allowed to shave my hairy legs and wear hose instead of stupid white ankle socks.
What about you? How do you remember your childhood? What type of rules would you have written for yourself?