18 January 2013

i kid you not: 10 random things about me as a kid

going into a child's room, as an adult, is a tender experience. to think of all the dreams that are born inside those walls, to see all the small & soft and sweet artifacts too -- the well-loved books, matted stuffed animals, crayons beneath the bed. i think that if you are ever feeling uninspired, or a little blue, you should spend a couple minutes in a kid's room.

and, just for fun, here's 10 random things about bridget as a kid: 
1. i once won "shyest camper" award at summer camp. 
2. i was obsessed with american history -- the american girl series & dear america, i was all about it. i visited colonial williamsburg…and i wore full colonial garb. of my own free will. i wrote a play about how betsy ross sewed the flag. i wrote an epic poem in 5th grade about patrick henry. i could go on. 
3. i hosted a pretend t.v. show in my room with my stuffed animals. it was called "bridget's world." there was an opening theme song. and i made pretend commercials for it where i'd pretend to be a mom and i'd say things like, "i just love bridget's world. it's so wholesome & educational." 
4. once, my mom made jambalaya. i thought it was horrible. i refused to eat it, and sat at the dinner table for 4 hours until my mom let me go. (sorry, ma.) 
5. i collected all stuffed animals. but especially rabbits. there were so many of them -- they "lived" on the bottom bunk of my bunk bed. to this day, jokes about reproducing like rabbits are too resonant. 
6. i was always giving my stuff away. anytime someone complimented something of mine, i'd give it to them. but then i'd miss things & shamefully have to say, "uhm…katie…do you think i could have that snowglobe back?"
7. i made MASSIVE blanket forts regularly that took over the whole living room. regularly = every weekend. 
8. i joined orchestra (violin) just so i could learn to play the theme to "titanic." 
9. when i was 8, my parents let me get a cat. i named it hillary clinton. i really don't have anything else to say about that one. 
10. i once took all the books in our house & organized them in my room. i made my brothers pay a fee to "check them out from the library." it only lasted 2 days. when my mom found out, she said, "actually, that's really clever. but you just can't do that." 

19 comments:

  1. Wonderful! I did the same thing with a library. I once got a library stamp for my 7th birthday, and I was ecstatic!

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  2. Haha! I loved reading and getting to know you a little better - I can totally relate with filming tv shows with stuffed animals as a kid haha

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  3. lol those stories are the best! Sounds like you had a great (and educational ;)) childhood!

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  4. This is one of my favorite posts ever! You are so write that a child's room is full of imagination and inspiration. Oh the things we believed possible as children. You're a cutie pie.

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  5. i think the hillary clinton cat explains why i am so obsessed with your blog.
    xo
    writeslikeagirlblog.blogspot.com

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  6. I definitely taught myself how to play the Titanic theme on my violin in 6th grade... Then performed it and sang the song in the talent show. I think my kid self would get along with your kid self!

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  7. This ia the cutest! Thank you for making the last, long 20 minutes of work on Friday be way more enjoyable!

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  8. I adore this list and I think I might make one for my blog! I had a similar experience to yours with the jambalaya except it was me refusing to eat a corn dog because the mustard had come out too watery and I just didn't like that. haha

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  9. These are great. The Hilary Clinton one is the best!

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  10. I hosted a reality show with my stuffed animals, too! How hilarious! I was inspired by Jeff Corwin, I think.

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  11. Great list! We have nothing in common as kids but I bet we would have been great friends ;)

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  12. I used to run a library out of my room too! I'd make my little sisters fill out library cards lol too cute

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  13. lauren jean: how neat! to be honest, i never learned to play the song. i might have if i'd kept at it, but we moved to illinois a year after i started playing, and our new school was TINY & had no orchestra. i was so bummed.

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  14. I love this post! I was all about American History in elementary school. I too went to Colonial Williamsburg dressed in full colonial garb, even out to dinner at a "time relevant" colonial tavern and was a living statue of Pocahontas 5th grade! I also sang Colors of The Wind solo in our 5th grade play. Still laugh thinking about that one! I might have to do this on my blog! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Ohh, number 4!! When I was 3, my dad told me that I couldn't eat anything until I ate my broccoli. I went without eating for two day, and when I tried it ended up liking it.

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