Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Meme - When I was a Kid

1) When I was a kid, I could fall asleep anywhere at anytime. I would throw tantrums if my parents did not put me to bed by 8 o’clock. I really liked my sleep.

2) When I was a kid, I had nightmares. I only start remembering my nightmares from the age of three. My bad dreams included darkness, wolves, apes and sad things, like mom or Julien not loving me.

3) When I was a kid, I loved climbing up and jumping down. I climbed trees, I climbed rocks, I climbed fences, and pretty much anything else that can be climbed on. Then I jump down – from a reasonable height. I caused myself many injuries, mostly deep skin scratches on my back, arms and legs, caused by misjudging a branch or rock. 25 years later I am actually scared of heights?!?!

4) When I was a kid, I used to play in the antique Roman bath behind the house, there were underground galleries which were used as conduct for warming the bath. Julien and I were great adventurers and jumped down in those baths, and climbed up again and played GI joe by crawling into the gallery, and once I got stuck in the gallery and could not get out, I got so scared, I really thought I’d die of suffocation, but Julien managed to pull me out… Somehow I am not claustrophobic (doh!)

5) When I was a kid, I loved wearing dresses, but always preferred playing with boys – laddish games. So there I was a sweet little girl with blond curly hair, a lovely dress, her baby doll, her thumb in her mouth, running around playing cowboys and Indians, GI Joes and marbles and pirates, etc. I always liked balance…

6) When I was a kid, I did not like arguments. I soon realised that arguments were caused by difference of opinions and intolerance and decided that I would keep my opinions very open-minded to avoid conflict and never have to argue. I still live by that principle, I’m a much happier person.

Phew… this is a long post…

7) When I was a kid, I moved to India for my dad’s job. I discovered that France was not the world, I realised that you need no electricity, no toys, no water and no forms of entertainment to be happy, all you need is to be with the ones you love.

8) When I was a kid, I travelled throughout India, Thailand and Singapore. My curiosity got more than it bargained for when I discovered many other races and religions, weddings and funerals, ways of life and traditions. It was a hobby for a long time, and made me realise very early on the importance of tolerance and that there are no geographical boundaries, just nearer or further.

9) When I was a kid, I loved going to the sea side with my family, we’d go to be beach to dig for cockles and other seashells, I was scared of crabs, I thought they would pinch me to death! I loved playing in the sand dunes. I still love playing in sand.

10) When I was a kid, I played marbles, and lost them all to an older kid, so Julien beat him up, and I got all my marbles back (not figuratively though, I'm still missing those). I loved my brother very much and looked up to him, he was so cool and so strong and would protect me from anyone, anywhere.


Hammer said...

Going into the ruins of a roman both must have been fascinating.

The travel sounds very interesting as well.

As a child I was given books and comics from India by means of the Vedantsa society. That is about the only country I would care to visit if given the chance.

Hammer said...

both = bath

Jay said...

I love my sleep too, but I think the fact that my mother always put me to bed before I was ready gave me insomnia from a very young age, and I usually have anywhere from 2 to 10 hours a night to "thank" her for it.

tweetey29 said...

I love my sleep yet till this day. We can go to bed at 10 pm and when he leaves for work at 6:20 and then after K leaves I am right back in bed for a few hours at 7:30. But your travels have always interested me from what you have told me. I love hearing about other countries. The farthest I have ever been is St. Souix Marie Cananda. I think I spelled that right. Its near the boreder of Michiagan USA. I am not sure how familiar you are with the states. Well I suppose. Later Tweets.

Groovy Lady said...

Wow.. you had some cool times. Getting play in a roman bath.. one that was behind your house.. very cool indeed.

I never traveled anywhere as child.. well not like that. We just went to neighboring states. What a huge cultural learning experience your youth was.

I'm envious!

Jeannie said...

YOu lucky girl - My most exotic experience as a young girl was having a client of my Dad's come to visit with his Indian wife. I fell in love with her sari and nose stud. I still don't have either although I vowed I would. (I'll be goin to a Pakistani/Christian wedding this summer so maybe I'll do the deed)

Kitem said...

Et bien, ca me fait plaisir, tu as l'air d'avoir ete bien heureuse toute petite, c'est rassurant pour nous.
Et avec de bonnes bases, c'est plus facile d'envisager l'avenir sereinement.