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When I was a little girl, my mom and my aunt both wore glasses, and my dad and uncles didn't. I spent a good amount of time believing that all girls would need glasses when they got older.
I wear glasses now. Go figure.
When I was a child, I used to believe my parents were superheroes, like the fairly oddparents!
When I was younger I used to think that people had all been brutally de-clawed at birth since we don't have claws like most mammals.
I used to believe all black people were named Fresh Prince.
I thought that my birth weight of 9 pounds was the golden standard and any baby weighing less than that was sub-par. This changed by the time I gave birth myself lol
When I was nearly two I was meeting my newborn baby cousin for the first time, I thought she was a doll and I screamed when she moved.
I used to believe that we only wore knickers/underpants in case someone pulled down our trousers! I'm quite amused by this former belief of mine and I still laugh about it!
I asked my sister why ninjas wore so much black. She told me it was so they would blend in more at night. I then figured that if they were doing ninja stuff during the day, then they must wear ninja suits that come in white. I wasn't sure how effectively that would work, but that's what I thought.
One day when I was about four years old I noticed my uncle had a little hole in the middle of his chin. When I asked him how he got it he told me that he was standing on the runway at the airport and that a jet plan landed and the tip of the plane hit his chin. Later I found out that it was just a demple lol
when I was little, I used to hear my mum trying on clothes in her bedroom 'och, this ones getting tight again, too many calories' she used to say. I thought calories were little creatures that lived in your wardrobe and sewed your clothes a little bit tighter every now and again.
For some reason when I was about 5 or 6 yrs. old, I used to think that men who where a different skin colour were only a different colour on the body parts that showed, like faces and hands, and the rest of their body was white like me. I have NO idea why I thought this!
I saw this thing on TV, and I don't know where it was from, but there were a few people in it who had their faces blurred to keep their identities private. I freaked out when I saw this, because I thought they didn't have faces!
I watched the show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air all the time when I was little. Every time I saw a black man on the street I would think he was "French Prince" and would yell out, "Look it's French Prince!" and point.
I attended grade school at a small Catholic school in the US midwest - everyone i knew was either of Irish, French, Italian, Polish, or German descent. Until I was about 8 years old, I assumed all people in America were of these ethinicities. Even people who were other races: which makes sense because the few students of color at my school had surnames that were Irish, French, etc.
When I was 5, I used to believe that if I stopped moving and froze in one position, everyone would think I was a manequen, and not a living person. I even used to climb into shop's display windows when no one was looking and pretended to be a manequen showing off the clothes I was wearing at the time. The people that stopped to look at me with big smiles on their faces only made me believe that I was doing a really good job :-)
As a kid I assumed that only really pretty (like movie star or model pretty) people could actually get a boyfriend/girlfriend/lover etc. For some reason it didn't occur to me that if that was the case the world would be populated only by really pretty people since only they would have reproduce
When I was younger, I used to think a "slut" was a really beautiful girl. I brought my favorite Barbie doll to school for show and tell and when my teacher asked me why she was my favorite doll I replied, "because she's a slut."
I used to believe that you chose what ethnicity you wanted to be when you grew up. I'm white, and when I was little I wanted to grow up to be Asian. I was really disappointed when I found out I'd always be a white girl!
For a while I thought a homeless person was just someone whose house had burned down, but they still looked like everyone else and, like, wore a business suit and went to work every day. I was really scared our house would burn down and we would have to be homeless forever, even though my dad was rich. (I never made the connection that we could probably just buy another house, or at least go live with someone we knew.)
When I was little I used to believe that when I turned 16 I'd have red curly hair, green sparkly eyes, a hot boyfriend and a red convertible. (I read a lot of Nancy Drew). When I turned 16, I was strangely disappointed to find that my brown hair hadn't changed over night, my dream car was a no show and my Prince Charming hadn't shown up at my all girls boarding school. Growing up sucks.