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Due to both of my grandmother's and my granny's friend being called Barbara, I used to believe that when a woman turned 50 (aka got old) she had to change her name to Barbara. I really wasn't looking forward to my 50th birthday...
When I was about 5 I asked my parents why vegetables were good for you, and they said 'they make you grow big and strong.' I got confused and thought they meant you got older, and i really wanted to be older than my sister! (shes 2 years older than me) after about a year of practicing this, our birthdays came! (my birthday is Jan 8, my sister's is Jan 10) And my birthday came first! I was so happy and convinced I was now bigger and older than her - and very annoyed when everybody said I wasn't!
I used to think that people never died and that they kept growing so that they were as tall as giants and their fingernails grew to longer than buses. I also thought the sun was a giant lightbulb. (I was 5.)
For a long time when I was little I didn't understand the difference between your left and right and the left and right of someone that was facing you. In dance class, our teacher was always saying stuff like "my left, your right", and somehow I took this to mean that all adults' left & right were reversed from kids'.
I used to believe that I could control the outcome of a situation if I thought the opposite was going to happen. For instance, if I needed to ask my dad for money, I would imagine him telling me no then he would say yes. I didn't realize how terribly wrong I was until I turned 15 and he told me to get a job.
When i was about 4, i had heard about inches and knew they measured how tall you were, but i hadn't heard anything about feet, other than the ones i walked on, of course.
One day, an old friend of my mom visited. She hadn't seen me for a while and said "wow, your growing up. Youve grown another foot since i saw you last!" I began to panic and desperately looked at my feet. Then i looked at my moms friend and angrily accused "your lying, i still have 2!"
I thought that after turning 18 people are not allowed to get anymore christmas presents.
When I was little I believes you changed your name when you got older or married as all the adults had lames like Irene, Valerie, Neville, Brian - no one little had names like that so I thought you got to pick another one when you got older.
When I was about 5 I believed people didnt stop growing, so when I was told my great gran was in her 90s i thought she'd be taller than a house
I used to believe that grownups were born grownups and children would always be children and that grandmas and grandpas were just people who cared for you that were old and I never realized that they were your parents parents and I never realized there was such thing as "growing"
My dad told me that when he was little, he looked up at his own dad and asked, "When I'm grown up like you, will my feet still reach the ground?"
When I was little, I was told that people become shorter when they are old. My goal was to live to be 300 years old so I could fit into my doll house and go down water pipes like waterslides.
When I was little I used to be scared of growing up. This was because I thought that at a certain age you would be kicked out of home and you would have to find a family. I thought you would have to ask random people on the streets if they would like to be the Aunty, Dad or Mum e.t.c in your family. Growing up sounded really scary!
I had never noticed kids younger than me or pregenant women until I was 13 or 14. So I thought my friends and I were always the youngest of the whole population. When we die, there would be no people on earth.
When I was around 5, I used to think age was based only on the month and day of your birthday. Therefore if your birthday was July 6th, then anyone born after that day July 7 - December 31 obviously had to be younger than you.
I used to believe that people changed completely as they got older.
First, I would begin to hate cartoons, comics, toys, video games, etc. because I didn't know of any adults who liked them. The process would take about a week, during which my childish interests would be replaced by boys, make-up, clothing, shopping, etc. I would also develop a heavy valley-girl accent and, because of puberty, I would act very air-headed until my hormones had settled. (Thanks, cartoons.)
Later on I would become very dull and work-oriented, but I would be organized, neat, and well-mannered. Still, I was not looking forward to finding pleasure in political talk shows and gardening. (Though, for some reason, I really wanted to learn how to sew.)
About when I was 14 I realized this was absolutely not the case. Unfortunately, that also meant that people had to LEARN how to become orderly and mature.
When I was a kid, my friends and I all had kid-sounding first names, like "Billy", "Chris", or "Steve". Grown-ups had names like "Frederick", "Sherman", or "Franklin". So I thought that once you become a grown-up, you have to change your name. This really upset me, because I liked my name so much.
I used to believe that when you got old (elderly age), all of your teeth fell out and you had to get dentures. It didn't occur to me that maybe people didn't take good care of their teeth and had to have them pulled.
i used to ask when my birthday was, every year, cos i thought everyones changed and maybe i would be a year older quicker some years than others. she would tel me the same date and i would b like 'again?' but then far-too-later on i clicked and asked 'is that why its called birthdays? :)
i used to believe that when older women had hot flashes it meant that they had flashes of young, hot men pop into there heads.