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I used to believe that marigolds would spit at you if you walked by them because my mother told me that they were in her garden to keep away bugs. You had to take a walkway through her garden in order to get to our driveway and every summer I would run as fast as I could past the marigolds and jump into the car or into the house. My mother didn't find out why until I was 18 years old. :)
I used to think our gray furry cat was somehow related to the blooms on our backyard pussy willow tree! I think I got the idea since cats are also called "pussy" cats...
When I got my glasses at age 4, I was stunned to find: trees were not solid objects of green.....that turned colors in the Fall, and fell to the ground in the shape of leaves. I also was surprised to find: adults did not have solid teeth. I couldn't see the inidividual outlines of the teeth, so I thought as a child, you got them one at a time, but as you grew older.....they must unite into a solid white mass.
My Granada once gave me a swans feather and told me if I planted it in the garden it would grow into a swan tree. I did and was very disappointed when nothing happened.
One of my favorite books was "The Lollipop Tree." In the story, a little girl planted a lollipop stick (after she'd eaten the good part), and a tree grew which bloomed real lollipops all the time.
I can't you how many lollipop sticks I planted (red ones, of course) and never got even a sprout!
I used to believe that for every crunchy leaf on the ground during fall, that if I stepped on them - each one would become a person. I think it has to do with a story I read in the 2nd grade about an old man that was always sitting on a bench with a green coat on, then one day he was gone and there was a tree where the bench had been.
When I was little I believed that trees were already completely formed under the ground.They pushed themselves out of the ground and when only the tops were showing it became a bush or hedge.
My grandparents had a pond in their backyard and I used to spend a lot of time by it studying the plants and wildlife. There was one plant that I discovered when you peeled its stem inside it looked like the fruit of a banana. It was small so I thought they were 'fish bananas.' I would peel them and break up the 'fish bananas' and throw them in the pond to feed the fish. I told my family, but they never corrected me...I guess they thought it was cute. I have no idea what that plant was.
I must have been home sick the day they taught this in school but in some amazing way I managed to miss the truth about raisins. I was well into my 20s before I found out that they are actually dried grapes. (I had been wondering for years why I never saw a raisin plant.)
When I was a kid I was told that umbrellas grew in the rain. When it rained they bloomed into big, fully grown umbrellas and the closed up ones had to get wet before they got bigger.
I believed that leaves on trees only became individual when you you close to them, and then I got glasses.
When I was little, everything was alive (and to a certain extent, sentient): trees, all animals, of course; plants. This meant I needed to be gentle to living things as much as possible, and even if I had to kill something (cockroaches. Ticks. Mosquitos. Weeds.) that I'd do it with some degree of, I guess you'd have to call it consideration. Even inanimate things were alive. The universe was alive.
This is still true. It certainly does make life more interesting, fun, and at times, glorious, if everything around you can enjoy being there, too.
I used to believe that pussywillows were pieces of my cat stuck to a tree, and that if you played with your belly button that your bum would fall off.
my little brother used to plant parsley sprigs from italian dinners in the back yard, in hopes that they'd grow into trees.
When I was about five, I used to call pine cones "pine corns", and I thought they were edible, but the green ones on the tree weren't ripe, and the ones on the ground were too dirty to eat.
My sisters told me that spaghetti grew on trees. The also showed me a picture from the encyclopedia of a "matchbook tree." They explained that the small, fruit-like objects (which were really plums)were picked and each was individually whittled down to make a perfect little red match.
I used to believe that my urine was a super fertilizer - peeing on plants made them grow.
I used to think that dandilions were marshmallows on grass
I can't remember where I picked this one up, but since I was little I've called dandeliion seeds fairies.
unfortunately, i have no idea whether this is a lie or not... but my mother told me that if i picked dandelions i would wet the bed! (of course, i've never dared to try!)