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its not mine but an old frends- this is for you sarah.
she asked her dad if she could become a giraffe and he said yes when she was older. she belived she would be a giraffe till she was five.
I used to believe that people were either born as children or adults. I was mad that I was born a child, because adults got to do much cooler things.
This must be prefaced by saying that I am a white girl.
When I was about 5 or 6, my best friend and I were playing in the snow. We had just learned about Martin Luther King Jr. that day in school, and we both thought he was a pretty amazing. My friend announced that when she grew up, she was going to be Martin Luther King Jr.; but I had decided that I was going to be Martin Luther King Jr. We got in a huge, tearful fight about it because I knew there could only be one (splitting the world wasn't an option!) and my mom eventually had to come and take me home.
My Grandmother used to tell us whacky made up stories all the time. One time when i was a kid she told me she was young and beautiful because she had gotten a face lift. I believed her all my life until five years ago that i brought up the subject and my mother told me it wasnt true.
my grandmother is the second oldest of six sisters and a brother, and she's a very short woman. several of her younger sisters are a bit taller than her, and my mother is pretty tall. I was also a very tall child. this led me to believe that when getting old, people actually "shrunk", and eventually disappeared. this was a short lived-belief: my uncle was very tall, and I went to his funeral.
that children would always be young; adults would always be old; grandparents would always be really old;
Once, we were driving through a group of greenies obstructing traffic in protest.. I looked up at them in awe and decided then and there that that's what I wanted to be. I tried to think of what those funny smelly people with painted signs were called, and a moment later hastened to tell Mum my heart's desire was to be a 'prostitute'
When my sister was about three she would always say that she wanted to grow up to be a big girl just like her brother Chris. She would also say that first she would be a girl then she would be a boy then she would be a mother and then a father.
I used tot hink that working at McDonald's was a really big honor.
Well, one day when my mom and I went to a pool and a friend of her's asked me what I wanted to do when I got older, I proudly announced that 'I don't want to go to college, I wanna be a McDonald's worker!' Yeah...my mom got embarrassed.
When I was a little kid I used to believe that as people grew up, their bodies didn't grow but an older version of them just grew around the younger version like a shell and that person would take over. There were different stages as you grew up and I though that when I was a teenager I'd be trapped inside some teenage guy's body, and then later we would both be trapped inside an adult body..and so on.
Funny thing was, when I explained this to my Grandma at the age of five she understood it! I remember she made a joke and said, "My God, I must have a ton of people trapped inside me."
I thought that adults have been adults for their whole lives, kids have always been kids, and old people were always old. A while after that I realized that wasn't true. So then I told my friend that we all grow up, and he acted like I was really stupid.
When i was little my friends actually got me to belive that when you would grow up u would change so that if you were a girl when u grew up u would become a boy, and the same if you were a boy but just opposite. it took me 6 years to figure it out that it was untrue
When I was little I used to think you got younger instead of older. So I used to say when I was older etc... I also thought I was very old and used to cry because I thought I was going to die soon.
My dream was to be a dad when I grew up, which would provew to be difficult seeing as i am a girl.
I uses to believe that when you turned 20 you suddenly became boring and couldn't do anything silly any more. I finally discovered otherwise when my cousin Chris told me he was 24 and he had played lego, climbed up trees and sucked on my other cousins dummy as a joke. So I then decided that he was still a kid and some people just remained babies forever.... That really scared me as I still wet the bed.
As a child I saw how much energy grownups put into kissing and love type stuff. It seemed like a real waste of time, yet I knew one day I would want to spend time and energy the same way, 'cause it happened to everyone. I dreaded that.
Related to this, I saw how much people change mentally as they got older, and since the person I was at that moment would morph into someone completely different, who I was would essentially die to be replaced by this different creature. I still feel this way.
When I was 5 or 6 and younger my parents would sometimes say things that started with "when you grow up. . . " I would listen politely to this assumption, but of course I knew that I had ALWAYS been a little kid and would naturally stay that way. And those stories about when they were kids? Made up completely.
Growing up a picky eater, my mother told me if I didn't eat more vegetables and things like that I would be a midget when I "grew-up", as she pointed a little person to me in a supermarket. Needless to say, it freaked me out, but I'm still a picky eater and fully grown.
When I was little my family had a silverware set that we ate with every night. It had two sets... little forks and big forks, little spoons and the big serving spoons, etc. Being young and naive I naturally assumed that part of bing an adult was that you had to eat with big silverware. Finally one day, being fed up with my little fork, I proudly told my parents I was tired of little silverware and I took mine back to the drawer and exchanged it for "BIG"silverware. I felt as proud as I could, and my parents just watched me like I was a moron,
I now eat with nothing but big forks!
Until I was about 7 or 8, I used to believe that when you got to be 40, you suddenly changed into an old person who had lots of wrinkles, loose skin, flabby arms and legs and grey hair (for women) or was bald (for men), and needed false teeth, glasses, lots of medications, and adult diapers. I also believed that when a guy turned 21, he would suddenly grow a mustash and that it would completely grow back overnight if it was shaved off.