Things I Thought As A Child


It's my birthday this week and I feeling weirdly sentimental. Mainly because I am actually turning 20 years old, which marks the real real end of my childhood - I no longer have 'teen' at the end of my age, so it 100% counts! This has got me really thinking about my younger self and what I used to be like 10, 15 years ago - so expect a few sentimental posts this week! I decided to start with a 'Things I Thought As A Child' post because I love watching/reading these posts and videos and I find it so funny to read about the innocent things we used to think when we were little - that are really really not true! I also have a few funny stories to tell about things I did as a child - so if you're up for that, stick around!

So, my first story is by far my favourite, I will never ever forget this one for as long as I live! This misunderstanding was also by no means my own fault - it was actually my Dad's! Basically I was around 6 years old and we were sat on the landing, we were sorting through some clothes or something like that and I pulled out a top, and it still had a tag on it - you know the big plastic ones that the shop assistant has to take off with a special machine - (it's to prevent theft or something) but yeah, this one had not been taken off... So, I was messing around with it and trying to work out what it was and my Dad looks up at me with a look of shock on his face and goes "you know if you touch those they make your hands glow in the dark!!' I don't remember being scared of it, I just remember being really confused - he even got me to cup my hands up to my eyes to see if they would glow! (Of course they didn't, but he convinced me!) The best part is, that even to this day, I think twice about touching one of those plastic tags, because for a second I am convinced that it would make my hands glow in the dark! ...Thanks Dad!! 

I must have been around 5-6 when I was started thinking about this one, and I always remember laying awake at night thinking about it (I don't know if this is really morbid.. probably! You be the judge of that!) but basically I thought that everyone lived until they were 100 years old - exactly 100 years old. And honestly, I used to count how many years my parents and I had left to live -  yeah that's pretty morbid now that I think about it!! Obviously I was quite upset when I realised that the average age people die is 80-ish - but to be honest, a small part of me still naturally thinks of 100! 

When I was younger I also used to think that everyone goes to sleep at the same time - all the children go to sleep when I do, and all the adults go to sleep when my parents do! It didn't help that I had trouble sleeping as a child and often stayed up after my parents (probably because I was working out how many years they had left!!) and so when my parents went to bed I genuinely thought that I was the only one awake in the world... don't ask me why, I just did! 

I think this one is quite a common misunderstanding when you're little and that's the idea that your age determines your height... I was probably quite old when I thought this actually, maybe like 8 or 9?! Basically I thought that the older you are, the taller you are - which is definitely not true! I actually got really confused because my best friend, who was a few months younger than me, was way way taller than I was (she also thought the same as me!) - and I think for some time, I thought she was the only exception to the rule... Until my Mum set me straight! 

One story that my Mum will never let go happened when I was probably 5 or 6 and it was when I came out of school, and told my Mum that we don't have school next Monday because my teacher is 'going on a horse' (!!) Turns out, my teacher had actually told us that she is going on a course, and I completely misheard her! But apparently I thought that going on a horse was a completely legitimate reason for her not to turn up to work! My Mum has never let this go and I never told her when my teachers went on courses ever again...Thanks Mum!! (Also, as a little side note - I used to think that teachers lived at school, so when I saw one of my teachers in Tesco's I was pretty shocked, and my Mum had to explain that one to me!)

I also thought rain was invisible - don't ask me why, because it clearly isn't! But I remember the first time I actually saw it and I thought I was some kind of super human - I remember being really shocked and telling my Dad that I could see the rain, I don't remember what he said, but all I know is I went on to believe I was a super human for quite a while after... I used to say to myself that I was just really 'observant' so I could see it - clearly I didn't know what that meant! The same thing happened with clouds which I though all stayed put in the sky, it wasn't until I watched the clouds in a car window that I realised they actually move. (Because for some reason they move faster in a reflection? I might be making that up.. science?!) 

The last story is not really something I thought, but I wanted to mention it, because again, I will never forget it and it is pretty funny to be honest! So there I was happily riding my bike around my garden (I was probably 3 or 4) and a HUGE thunder storm happened! Now, I had never been in a thunder storm before so when I heard a massive clap of thunder I freaked out - to say the least! In fact, I dropped all my Haribo's on the floor and ran inside to my parents, who were just stood there in the doorway - I don't know if they were trying to teach me a life lesson or something, but they were so calm about it!!

Also, for the majority of my life I thought that a washing machine was pronounced 'wash-an-ing machine' and a conservatory was called a 'conser-van-tory'... I was a strange child! (My Mum also never lets me forget both of these words!)

Anyways, there you have it - I hope you enjoyed this little post about my childhood misunderstandings! Let me know if you have any funny stories from your childhood in the comments below - I love reading about those stories! Thanks for reading! 


18 comments :

  1. Happiest Birthday Week! Thanks for sharing these stories. So sweet.

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  2. Happy Birthday Girl ! Its my birthday this month too! Yay, for March babies ! Lovely post x

    Lubna

    themisslubna.com

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    1. Thank you!! Happy Birthday to you too - no doubt we are definitely the best! x

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  3. Happy birthday! Loved this post! Love reading stories from when people were little. Kids are so funny!
    Paula | www.namelessgap.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks sweet! :) I'm glad you enjoyed my little cringey stories!! x

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  4. Happy Birthday!!! I have so many similar stories of things I thought when I was a child and one day it just clicks and you realise! x

    Sally - DiagonSally

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    1. Thank you!!! Children are weird aren't they - haha! xx

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  5. Hahaha I laugh at the part of the bike because something similar happened to me when I was younger. Love the post! Super original and fun to read. Happy birthday week, hope it's the best ever :)

    www.blossomikebana.com

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    1. Haha! :) I'd love to hear that story!
      Thanks lovely! x

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  6. Happy Birthday Week, such a lovely post <3
    Hope you have a lovely birthday.

    Happy Monday
    Emma xx
    www.emmalouisebuckham.com

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    1. Thanks so much lovely! :) Glad you liked it! x

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  7. I too used to think that Teachers lived at school and that I was special because I could see the rain, haha!!

    Katie from lifeof-a-daydreamer.blogspot.com/ x

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one there then - especially with the rain thing! Felt like a real weirdo admitting to that one! xx

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  8. Happy Birthday Week have a great Birthday, loved the post so fun to read :)x

    http://my-world-heather.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. aww this was the sweetest!! I never believed teachers lived at school because my parents and grandparents and aunties and uncles (the majority of my family) were teachers, but my brother and I were talking the other day about growing up to realise that there are other jobs out there was a weird one because that was the only profession we were ever exposed to really ahah.

    When I was little my brothers convinced me bears lived under our couch and I believed them for YEARS. They even put one of those furry rugs under the couch so whenever I didn't believe them they'd put one my toys under and I'd reach in and feel the fur and believe them again xD I was so naive!!

    Happy almost birthday lovely & this was a beautiful post!!xx

    Love,

    Anne

    http://aportraitofyouth.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha I guess that is a huge giveaway with the whole teachers things - that's crazy though how many of your family members are teachers!! Are you and your brother going to carry on the tradition or do something else entirely?!

      Awh!! That's so mean of them!! It's so funny the things we believe as kids!

      Thanks so so much lovely! :) Thanks for your lovely comment x

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