Comparing Childhoods

I’m very curious to see what kind of personality this little active baby of mine will have. Talking to husband-o-mine and comparing how we were as children has been very interesting and entertaining. I thought I’d share some of the stories.

Fannie: I was very shy as a child. Painfully shy. I would hide when people I didn’t know came over. Or if I didn’t hide, I just wouldn’t talk to them. My parents would have me do things like get napkins in a fast food place to break me out of my shell. I stayed shy until I started theater in high school.

Viddy: I pretended like I was shy, but had no problem walking up to Vice President Dan Quayle with grass stains all over my pants. Another time, I once trapped my parents friends in our family room for an hour when I was 5 while I told wakka wakka Fozzie Bear jokes. Someone had to grab my Dad from another room to stop the insanity. However, I was always afraid of asking for things in stores. My Dad used to make me ask questions that he had for people in the store. So I’d walk up to a guy at Lowe’s and ask, “Where are the torque wrenches?” They’d then ask what size. I’d then run like a little girl back to my Dad.

Fannie: I was petrified of scary things like… roller coasters and falling and aliens and the flames at Shoguns Japanese restaurant and people. My parents talked me into going on the Scrappy Do roller coaster at King’s Dominion when I was about 7. I never went on a roller coaster again until I was 21. And I still don’t like roller coasters – my idea of a fun amusement park ride is Splash Mountain. Thanks, parents, for traumatizing me.

Viddy: I never admitted to being scared of anything except maybe Magic Mountain which was my first roller coaster. Six years later I loved them. Mostly, I was just scared of messing up when I played sports so I would crumble into a little scared ball of possible failure petrification. I always wanted to be a pitcher so I asked my Coach to let me. He let me train for a whole week and told me I threw more strikes than anyone else he’s ever seen. The day I had to pitch in a game, I ended up throwing the ball like a water balloon toss. Ask Adam B, I still can’t throw a baseball very well.

Fannie: My favorite Disney movies were Little Mermaid and Lady and the Tramp.

Viddy: My favorite Disney movies were Robin Hood, Escape to Witch Mountain, and Going Ape (Random Tony Danza and Danny Devito movie).

Fannie: When I was in preschool I had an imaginary friend. Remember the ‘life-size’ barbie dolls for 3 year olds? Imaging that- cinderella style. Yes, my imaginary friend was Cinderella. Well, Cinderella and I got in a fight. And I decided I didn’t want her around anymore. So, I flushed her down the toilet at preschool. I flushed my imaginary friend down a mini toddler potty. Never saw her again. True. Story.

Viddy: I tried to have an imaginary friend, I got bored with it because even I didn’t believe that he existed.  However, I used to imagine this skinny, cartoon hurdler (as in Track & Field) was running beside the our car and jumping over telephone poles, other cars, and buildings.  It made long car trips a little easier to endure when it wasn’t my turn with the GameBoy.

Fannie: I was extremely detailed oriented as a child. My grandma taught me how to sew. I would untangle necklaces for fun. I wrote illustrated stories on lined paper about my cat. I loved the Brain Quest cards. And I read everything I could get my hands on. Including all the Aesop’s fables, and I even tried reading Shakespeare…. but it was a little out of my comprehension level at 8. I became such an avid reader in part because my 1st grade teacher wouldn’t put me in the ‘advanced’ reading group with my friends (I silently told my teacher to shove-off and started to read the advance books on my own). Then I became the nerdy, frizzy/curly haired, shy girl in the corner reading a book.

Viddy: I always loved problem solving and experimenting.  My favorite thing when I was in 1st and 2nd grade was creating submarine legos and testing whether water actually got in.  I didn’t discover reading until about sixth grade when my Dad made me read Johnny Tremain.  I hated that he made me read it, but then I really liked it.  Then I read it like three times. Then I discovered the Hardy Boys and got to the point in middle school where I read one a day.

Fannie: I had a ridiculous number of stuffed animals. And I loved every single one. I would feel guilty about the stuffed animals that didn’t get played with as often. So I would make a point to try and rotate through my stuffed animals so they didn’t feel left out. I felt bad for all the stuffed animals all alone in the stores without anyone to love them. Stories like the Velvetine Rabbit confirmed to my young mind that all stuffed animals needed to be loved because I thought deep down they were all real. And then Toy Story came out when I was 9 and confirmed it.

Viddy: I had a doll named Baby when I was really little and I took it everywhere.  The doll looked like a nuclear nuclear war victim by the time I got to elementary school.  No neck with the face was cloth was peeling off exposing the foamy core.  One eye leftover that looked like a crusty oatmeal slice.  After that I made the transition to lego and army men.  Mostly legos were my favorite and everyone got their turn to be a bad guy.  The preferred death tended to be decapitation or dismemberment since everything popped off and on easily.  However, once I discovered Teenage  Mutant Ninja Turtles, they became the good guys and everyone else was a bad guy.

So there you go. What will little Lulu be like? Who knows. I’m sure discovering her personality is going to be an entertaining adventure. There will definitely be a need for a video camera in our future.

One comment to Comparing Childhoods

  • priya  says:

    Fannie, don’t let him lie, she showed up to the first day of 10th grade with that same doll…