Saturday, April 28, 2007

Me, as a Kid

Stolen from Momo who stole it from someone else:

I kept diaries which are painfully embarrassing to read now.

I loved riding my bike with the neighbourhood kids. I had the coolest yellow and black CCM bike that I remember picking out at Canadian Tire with my dad and my brother. My dad later rebuilt an old speed bike of my brother's for me, but I stopped riding it after a crash one morning on the way to school.

I spent a lot of time climbing trees and playing in the woods behind our house. I always had Spruce "pitch" on my hands and pine needles in my hair. I imagined that the woods were full of magical creatures. Other times I imagined that I was Laura Ingalls Wilder while I was playing in the woods.

My favourite TV shows were: The Muppets, Little House on the Prairie, Lorne Green's New Wilderness, The Nature of Things with David Suzuki, I Love Lucy, Three's Company, Remington Steele, and Moonlighting (Cybil Shepherd had amazing hair).

My favourite things to eat: Lasagna, chili, cheesecake, "blueberry pie without the crust" (stewed blueberries made by my babysitter), and chocolate bars.

My two best friends and I worked out dance routines to ABBA, Sheena Easton and Dolly Parton songs. Well, they worked out the routines and I went along.

I used to do an impression of a little old lady, involving sliding my glasses down my nose, weilding a cane, hunching over and saying "Listen here, Sonny..." in my best "little old lady" voice. I remember my parents having a good laugh at it.

I wasn't very athletic (team sports kinda suck when you're super short and wear glasses), but I loved going snowshoeing and cross country skiing and canoeing with my dad. You could say that our athleticism is pretty well matched.

I remember the 1980s as being particularly cruel to bespectacled, pale skinned, short girls... I had glasses that were too big for my face, awkward hair and all those bright clothes look particularly ridiculous on me.

I was a bookworm and hated to put a book down at bedtime - which meant that after getting busted for reading in bed with a flashlight, desperation took over and I started reading by the streetlight outside my room.

4 comments:

  1. See, you CAN read in the dark by a light from outside of your room, you just need to hold the book closer to your eyes!

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  2. I recall the 80s being cruel for bespecacled, pale-skinned, tall girls, too. ;)
    I used to just sneak into the bathroom to read once everyone else was asleep.

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  3. Lauryn is now enjoying that same (or one awfully close to it) streetlight to read after I tell her lights out!

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  4. I used to do that too! And the bathroom thing a few times too. If my parent's ever came upstairs, I would tuck my book into my pj's and pretend that I had just woken up to go to the loo, then slink back to my room to wait for them to go back downstairs. Another popular one was opening my door a crack and reading by the hall light. Good times!

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