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When I was little my Nana told me that if I lied my tongue would stick to the roof of my mouth...I didn't lie for years.
For a long time, I thought my Dad was a girl who grew up to be a man. He never told me that he used to be a little girl, but he would often say things like "When I was a little girl, I always helped my mom do the dishes." He said these things so often that I believed him until I was 6.
When i was little my grandma told me that if u didnt wash your ears properly then Roses would grow out of them.
So naturally I didnt wash my ears (ew) and tried to wash my hair without getting my ears wet.
about two weeks later my sister reminded me that roses has thorns after i boasted to her that i was going to have flowers in my ears.
I have never scrubbed my ears so hard in my life...
Ironically my parents were born on the same day; so growing up, I thought all parents had the same birthdays.
I was adopted at 2 1/2 so my Dad always told me adpoted children were the best kind because my parents got to pick me out and other parents were just stuck with the kids they got.
When my parents adopted my little sister (I was 4) they let me go into the room to "pick her out" For years I held it over her that she wouldn't even be here if I hadn't picked her out. I think I was around 12 when I remembered the detail that there was no other child in the room besides my then 9 month old sister. My sister was in the late teens when she figured out the truth.
When I was little, adults used to tell kids that if you pulled a funny face and the wind changed direction, you'd be stuck like that forever. I believed that for years!
I wanted to dress up as a leopard for Halloween and my mom had made me a costume that zipped up the back. As my father was helping me to get dressed he told me a story about my brother dressing up like a dog for Halloween which I didn't understand because I was an only child. Then he pointed to our border collie Truman and told me that Truman used to be my brother but they couldn't find the zipper at the end of the night so he had become our dog. I was never so glad to get out of a costume in my entire life.
When we were younger, my aunt and my mom told us that when we lied, a "mommy dot" showed up on our foreheads. Only mommies and aunts could see it, and it came only when we lied.
My parents used to tell me if I didn't go to sleep the sandman wouldn't come. I was so scared to go to sleep because I imagined this little leprechaun sprinkling sand in my eyes while I slept.
When I was a kid my Grandfather used to take me to his farm. When he was driving and my brother and I weren't paying attention, he would hong his horn and waive. We would turn around and look behind and he would say, "Didn't you see that fellow in the field?" We never saw anyone, but he convinced us that some "fella" was out there working hard like we should when we get to the farm. It makes me laugh to this day because seemed so serious. Now he just laughs about it how once we believed everything.
He also points to everything with his middle finger. He lives by a busy street and I can't tell you how many times he has pointed to something while outside and people passing by believe he is flipping them of. He get honked at frequently. CLASSIC!
When my sister started primary school the whole class was asked to stand up and talk about their families. She proudly told everyone that when her dad was younger he travelled to school on the back of a dinosaur, which she had been led to believe. Of course the whole class laughed at her. She was furious with my dad, who hadn't realised how seriously she had taken his stories.
when i was younger my sister and her friends would tease me all the time and make up things that i would believe. one was that my cousin dana wouldn't drink orange juice unless it was out of a shotglass because she hated drinking it any other way. i never questioned why but i figured thats how she did it. i honestly believed this until i was probably eleven when i said to my sister "well she only drinks it out of shot glasses you know that" she looked at me and laughed and told me that they had made it up.
when i was really little and one of my cousins told me that i was twins with this girl i had never met because she died or my parents sent her away or something like that. i believed them. the really strange thing is that this girl looked nothing like me and is about 15 years older than i am. i have no memory of this but my mom swears it happened.
I used to hit golf balls out into the field behind my house when I was about 4. I hit a ball so hard once that when me and my dad went out to look for it he secretly picked it up and threw it in the air, called my name and said look, and then proceeded to catch the golf ball. I believed that I had hit the ball so hard that it stayed in the air for the full 5 minuets.
When I went to tell my mother she called me stupid. =(
When I was younger, I asked my Mom why black folks were so much better at sports than white folks, as it seemed like professional sports were dominated by African-Americans. She told me that God gave them an extra muscle, hoping that it would make up for some of the hardships they'd faced in this country. During Black History Month, I shared this fact with my 1st grade class, and my teacher quickly tried to change the subject. Unfortunately, the class was waaaaayyyyy too curious about this evolution in the human condition, and the discussion was promptly ended. When I told my Mom about how my teacher seemed to not agree with this information, she called her sister and started angrily quizzing her about the information she'd gotten from her. Apparently, my aunt thought it was hilarious that something she'd told my Mom when she was a little girl had stuck for so long that it was almost passed down another generation. I learned a lot about a lot from that one event.
When I was younger, my older sister was a tyrant who always got in trouble. When things went awry or if I got hurt, my parents would often ask, "Did she do that?", probably gesturing to my older sister. I hadn't a firm grasp on pronouns at that point, so for the longest time I thought my sister's name was "She" and would talk to her or about her referring to her as such. We didn't put it all together until years later, why I would call my sister "She", rather than her given name.
When I was little, my grandmother always said "those who sing before breakfast will cry before evening". I believed that this was true for years, until I learned that it was my grandmother`s way of assuring herself of quiet mornings when I visited.
My mom's family lives in Florida and we live in KY. Growing up my family would make the family trip to Florida every year. She would always say," We are going to Florida" and we would always stay with my aunt donna once there. For the longest time, I thought that my aunt donna's name was actually Aunt Florida. No one ever correct me, they thought it was hilarious. Still to this day, I sometimes want to call her Aunt Florida instead of Aunt Donna
For some reason, when I was two years old, I was absolutely convinced my grandfather was in The Rolling Stones. Now, they weren't really popular at the time, as it was the early 90s, so I have no clue how I even knew about them, but I could not be deterred. even though he told me several times he was a retired insurance agent, I figured that was just his cover.
So my mum has just had my baby sister. Right. Now, have you ever seen the cliché story in like, EVERY kid's TV show with the whole, "Now my parents have a baby they won't care about me any more"? Yeah, I kinda thought you had to do that(you can see where this is going). Cue me crying in Reception (age of 4, about 1st Grade to all you Yanks) at my school.
Thanks alot, Tweenies.