The Wonder Years Tag

This is me as a kid soon after losing my two front teeth. I must have been around seven or eight, I'm not really sure.

Anyway, I thought I would share a picture of me in my youth, since I am answering jeseem's tag, about my youth.

The tag is
1. Write 8-10 things about childhood ( 1-12 years) that you miss.
2. Write 8-10 things that you disliked about childhood.

Things I liked about childhood that I miss

1. My grandparents and aunts and uncles who have passed on.

2. Fun summer days swimming in the pool with my brother and friends, then riding our bikes after dinner.

3. My mom's cooking every day.

4. Doing cartweels and running roundoffs over and over again outside on the grass.

5. Not being aware of so many of the terrible things in the world.

6. Having more of my relatives living in Massachusetts.

7. The feeling of wonder on Christmas Eve waiting for Santa Claus.

8. Not worrying about money.

9. Slumber parties!

10. Enjoying snowstorms, because I didn't have to drive in it and school would be cancelled.

Things I disliked about childhood

1. Being told when to go to bed. I've always been a night person.

2. Having to study subjects in school that I knew I would never need.

3. Playing Red Rover or Dodgeball in school and being picked last.

4. My brother ripping off my dolls' heads.

5. Sharing a room with my brother when he would line up all his cars, trucks, and buses to form "traffic" all the way over to my side of the room.

6. Getting in stupid arguments with friends.

7. Being one of very few black students in school and dealing with racist comments.

8. Having to wear a big puffy purple winter coat that I hated.

9. Being HR Pufnstuf for Halloween, because that is the costume my father bought for me. This will be part of a future post.

10. Being told by an art teacher that I had to draw a picture exactly like her, because you had to follow the rules to do art correctly.

These are my lists. Anyone who would like to do the lists too, consider yourself tagged!


Anonymous said…
I think we had the same puffy winter coat. I'm with you, friend.

great pic!
wheresmymind said…
#5 is huge with moi
Nance said…
I loved Red Rover and could never do cartwheels or roundoffs!
I can't stop laughing about the HR Pufnstuf costume. That is just so wrong! (but so funny now). But i'll bet it really was a cute kid's costume (but so wrong ; )The most I can remember about that show was the magic flute's voice, pufnstuf's dancing, and cling and clang...
Jeseem said…
the photo is superb. hehehehe :)
santa claus , enjoying snowstorm and no money worries, that was the fun part.

iam still smiling looking at the photo
Lisa Johnson said…
suttonhoo - I always felt like I couldn't move with that coat on!

wheresmymind - Ignorance can be a bliss for a while...

nance - You must have have gotten picked first!

imagined-community - It was so wrong!! Surprisingly, my mother still doesn't understand why I hated that costume!

jeseem - I'm glad you like the photo. It's one of my favorites!
Dezel Quillen said…
Hello Anali,

Very nice, such a happy little kiddy!

I would have to agree that #5 somewhat catches you off guard as you go from Disney to reality. Thanks for sharing these things, very well put. And since #3 is out the window it appears you have become a great little cook!

Happy Sipping!

Lisa Johnson said…
dezel - Thanks! Very interesting description "Disney to reality." I like that.

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