From the mind of a 6-year-old.

Wow!  Thank you so much for all the pushes in multiple directions.  There were some really great ideas that should keep me going for awhile. 

Today we’ll take a step back in time nearly 30 years to the beginning of my life.  Mainly Clear Skies asked what my favorite childhood memory is.  To be honest, I don’t know if I could choose just one, but I have many very distinct memories and I’ll be happy to share some of those. 

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I was just telling someone about this yesterday, actually… 

The first 10 years of my life, I lived in Virginia – right outside Washington, D.C.  This time of year mean one thing for those in DC (and the greater-metro area):  Cherry Blossoms.  It was annual trip into the city to walk along the water or throughout the monuments and admire the blossoms.  At 5 and 6 years old, this was not a good time.  One year, however, there was an event attached to our trip (the event I cannot recall).  My sister, mother, our neighbor and her son, and I went to DC together.  We were dressed up:  I was wearing a light pink dress (to match the blossoms!) a white sweater and white tights.  As children have a tendency to do – especially when 2 are siblings – a fight ensued.  The result of this fight was all three of us falling in a slick of mud.  Not so pink & white now.  I remember walking around through the cherry blossoms with mud all over my dress and tights and a not-so-happy mother.

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Our house was along the edge of a fairly dense wooded area.  If you walked through the woods – what seemed like miles but was probably a couple hundred feet – you would reach the Potomac River.  I often played in the woods.  Despite having frequent run-ins with snakes and large spiders on our porch, it didn’t bother me to be in the woods.  Especially if I was performing. My active imagination and desire to be a performer put me “on stage” on a regular basis.  My stage was a large giant rock that was covered with moss.  I would spend hours in the woods, singing to anyone or anything that would listen.  Just me and my stage.

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In first grade, Mrs. Thompson asked us all to take out our Math workbooks and open to page 85.  We’d just returned from recess and no one was paying attention.  I obeyed and then surveyed the situation.  I went up to Mrs. Thompson, sensing her frustration with the class.  I said, “Mrs. Thompson.  Would you like to know what I’m doing after school today?”  Mrs. Thompson snapped at me and told me no!  (hindsight…I see the error of my ways)  I headed back to my desk and fought back the tears.  Then Eddie Alexander threw up and we all got recess again.

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My first sleepover was to be a my friend Megan’s house.  We went with her family to the big mall (seriously, even now – this mall is HUGE!) and ate pizza at the food court.  Then off to a movie.  A classic….Mannequin.  Then back home.  As with all sleepovers from that evening forward, it failed.  Around midnight I threw in the towel and called my parents to come pick me up.  Good thing we lived one block away.  To this day, seeing Andrew McCarthy brings back that memory.

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 More later…

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~ by zuzu on April 4, 2008.

One Response to “From the mind of a 6-year-old.”

  1. Those are great! I love the fighting (my brothers and I fought all the time), and the performing in the woods.

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