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one of my first memories is of my mom pointing out poision ivy to me and telling me to stay away from it. I kept looking where she was pointing, but couldn't see it - I was looking for an animal of some kind, not a plant.
When my daughter was in kindergarten, one of her little classmates pointed out the berries on a juniper bush and informed us, "Those are caterpillar eggs."
i was convinced that evergreen trees were maple trees and i wouldn't go near them because I saw an evil looking one in Snow White.
When I was little I was scared of spider plants, cause I thought they had spiders in them. And actually . . . they often do! =P
Long grass with black seeds were really ant hotels, and the seeds were sleeping ants.
When I was at infants school one of the first things we did was grow mustard cress to make our own sandwiches. I never understood how they got the mustard into the cress while it was growing.
Similarly I always thought "egg and cress" sandwiches were "egg cress" and that was a different type of cress which they put eggs in while it was growing.
I still don't really understand mustard cress.
I used to hear doves singing outside where I grew up. But for some unexplained reason, I always believed that it was the clovers making that noise. I never understood how simple grass could make a noise like that!
when i was about 7 i read a book about these people who walked through a rhodedendren bushes (sorry if thats spelt wrong!!) and never came back out again because they found a different world in there. For years i was terrified of rhodedendren bushes thinking that i would be sucked into them and forced to live in another world!! i would like to meet the person who wrote that book!!
When I was little I used to think that sunflowers would eat me.
I used to think that grass only grew during the time people were standing on it. How else could I understand the shoe-shaped tufty bits in the lawn at home?
When I was a kid someone told me that there was peanut butter in the blossom parts of clover. I believed them and was always trying to pull it apart to find the hidden peanut butter.
when i was little, i somehow made the connection that flowers are pretty, so eating them would make me pretty too. i even told my best friend this and we would eat flower petals whenever she came over...
When I was little I thought that a "wallflower" was a kind of flower that grew on walls.
while playing, we gals frequently used to hit our heads together accidentally.
I used to believe that it brings bad luck. so we do it again to give it a positive effect and run outdoors to watch for a coconut tree. such a wierd belief!!
when i was little, at night time i used to be afraid of trees, i thought they were big fluffy monsters that were chasing me... in the car on trips id look out the window and see them, and think they were going to get me because there were so many, but i also kind of figured that they cant get me because we're moving..
My mother used to tell me that if I didn't wash inside my ears, potatoes would grow in there. Of course, I didn't understand why, but it wasn't until I was into my teenage years before I questioned it, only to find it false. Potatoes don't grow in dirty ears.
I was about 4, and my family had just planted some seeds to make a small garden behind our house. My cousin of the same age explained one day that if we poured all of a nearby jug of gasoline onto the garden, all of the plants would turn out to be gigantic. We did just that, and later my parents were pretty confused when NOTHING sprouted from our garden.
When I was younger, we were traveling to visit my grandmother. I saw some low hanging clouds and asked my mother "What's that?" She thought I was looking at the rice fields so she said "Rice." From that day on, I thought rice came from low hanging clouds. I used to wonder how they got the rice in bags when it would fall so freely from the sky. Well, I believed that through all my geography classes and when teachers said rice was grown in fields, I would just say to myself, "Humph, yeah, right. I know it comes from clouds." I thought that for a LONG, LONG time...I dare not say when I learned differently.
the curly parts of grape vines were magical
I always wanted to play in the lawn sprinkler when I was little, but my mom knew I would track mud and water into her clean house. So she told me grass is very sensitive when it is wet and if you walk on it you will bruise it and kill it. For years I carefully stuck to the sidewalks after every rain, and chided people who walked on wet lawns.