10 Things About My Childhood That You Probably Didn't Need To Know

I was tagged by the lovely LazyBuddhist and, while memes usually stump me, I will have a go at this one because she called me a lagomorph lover and because her own answers are so worth reading 🙂  

1. I had many nick-names as a child. Among them were: ‘Tufty’, ‘Tuppence’, ‘Woo’, ‘Chuce’ and ‘Fairy Foo Face’.  Only one of them has stuck, thank god.

2. I had an imaginary friend, Chelft, who was sometimes a small man and sometimes a brown dog.  My mother says she knew she had spent too long alone in the house with only a two-year old and a baby for company when she asked Chelft if he’d like seconds for dinner one evening.

3. My Dad taught me to read when I was 3 so that he wouldn’t have to keep answering annoying questions.  A tip, for all those parents of young children out there: it did not work.  At all.

4. At age 6 I was caught creeping stealthily towards the cake tin in the dairy at my Grandparent’s house with 7 kittens stuffed down my tank top.  

5. I devised a new board game called ‘Extremely Trivial Pursuit’ when I was 12 which featured questions to which noone in my family but me knew the answers.

6. I fed my baby brother red smarties before he had teeth.  He began frothing pinkly at the mouth and my mother nearly had a cardiac arrest, convinced he was spewing up his lungs. 

7. I led a rebellion at my all girl’s boarding school, refusing to conform to the rule that insisted we wear skirts to church on Sundays.  The Rebel Alliance consisted of me, Sarah Batty and Tabitha O’Mahoney.  Needless to say, it was swiftly crushed.

8. I really wanted to be Sherlock Holmes.

9. I can vividly recall lying in my navy blue pram as a baby, looking up at bright green buds on trees through the white silk tassles. 

10. My Art Teacher, the incomparable Mr John ‘Jack’ Walton, died of a massive heart attack in his classroom on 27th September 1987.  I found him.

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10 Responses to 10 Things About My Childhood That You Probably Didn't Need To Know

  1. piereth says:

    Where will you be? Presumably not on top of the cliffs!

    Let me know 😛

  2. piereth says:

    Of course, this was meant to go on the bottom of the post about you coming to England! It’s monday…

  3. Ed says:

    dunno about these things; i’m sure much of my childhood was absolutely fantastic but the darker stuff seems to have blotted it out so it all comes out rather gloomy. looking forward to getting old and my long term memory kicking in so i can remember the fun stuff …

  4. Oh, this is priceless. #10 is perhaps a bit gruesome, but the rest are delightful. Especially #5.

  5. Pingback: 10 things about my childhood that you probably didn’t need to know « Sunny spells and scattered showers

  6. truce says:

    Piereth – I’ll be based at Shan’s near Salisbury, so hopefully will be able to hire a car and come see you??

    Ed – I just know there’s a fun memory involving poking something with a stick in there somewhere…

    David – thanks, somehow I knew you’d appreciate #5. I hope you’re going to give us your list, too?

    Woodpigeon – hurray! I’ll be straight over to read yours 🙂

  7. azahar says:

    “Only one of them has stuck”

    Which one?

  8. truce says:

    Ahem, ‘Woo’. Although I do still get the occasional lapse with ‘Chuce’, too.

  9. Stevo says:

    I have lost all my school days nicknames. Thank goodness. I couldn’t handle being called “Porky” for the rest of my life.

  10. truce says:

    Steve – these weren’t the school nicknames, oh no, these were just the family nicknames… the school days names will have to wait til hell freezes over before they are aired 😉

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