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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.
I would always ask my mother what she was doing, even though I could totally see what she was doing. She'd answer me with "Milking a coconut" I thought for years that you got coconut milk by milking them like cows. I always wondered where the udders would have been though.
In elementary school in the play field we had oak tree's. On these oak trees there we these sprays of needle like things that I was told that if you stare at them they will spit on you. To this day I still don't stare at those things...LOL
I was told that in order to make a toothpick, they had to chop down and use an entire tree. One tree = one toothpick. I couldn't figure out how anyone could be that wasteful.
When I was younger I either heard someone say or saw on tv that if you speak to plants it's good for them. So when I would walk home from school I would stop in front of my house and talk to our tree(mind you, the tree was probably done growing). I would tell him he was the best tree on the street and that he had the greenest leaves. When fall would come around and the trees would start to lose their leaves, I would root him on. I'd tell him he was the strongest and toughest tree, and not to give up his leaves yet. Like it was some sort of contest. Lucky for me it was a healthy tree or I would have had a lot more disappointment in my childhood. As a red sox fan, I think I'd had enough(until last year!)
When I was about 5 or 6, an older kid at my Day Care told me that if I put a stick in the ground and stuck a leaf on it near the top, it would grow into a tree. I believed him, so everyday when we were out on the playground, I would take a stick, stick a leaf on top, and stick it in the mulch around the jungle gym..Then I would yell at anyone who even touched it "YOU'RE KILLING MY TREE!"
My brother, sister, and I had a HUGE climbing tree in our front yard. We named it Ms. Hokewell (I have no idea how we came up with that name). We would talk to the tree and "spend time with Ms. Hokewell". If any of her branches came off or someone hurt Ms. Hokewell, my brother, sister and I would get upset, and try to tape the branches back on or wrap any "injuries" up in bandages. We really thought that "she" had a mind of her own.
My father told me that cotton grew inside aspirin bottles. I believed it for a long time. I still think of him when I open up a new pill bottle and pull out the cotton.
I used to believe that people died because the paper compaines were cutting down trees! (you know how trees give off oxygen!?)
When i was a kid, i used to believe that the tress waving their branches was what caused the wind, because it was never windy unless the trees were waving their branches :)
When I was young I used to believe that when a tree lost it's leaves in autumn, It meant that the leaves turned into crows and ravens so they could fly away.
I took a streak as a child of being very afraid of pine cones. I remember once thinking that they might carry diseases that they could spread to people. It might have started with a rather scary dream I once had. In the dream i was at a picnic area, collecting pine cones to take home. My father was insisting that only pine cones with a maximum of eight rows of scales within their length were safe to keep.
I used to believe cat tails, ( the plants by a pond) were real cattails, but only cooled and not shaved off at the top, but at the bottom! LOL!!!