There are certain stories your parents will tell you about yourself over and over, until they're practically legend. My mom insists that once we were in a restaurant and she was worried about leaving me so she could use the restroom. I assured her, "Don't worry mom, I'll keep an eye on myself." She loves this story of child neglect!!
By the logic of this Twitter viral thread, that means I am an extremely independent person. Twitter user @Christinaemoss asked for everyone to share childhood anecdotes that they felt showed a lot about who they are. It's the perfect mix of sharing family stories and self-analysis.
What's a childhood anecdote that says a lot about you?— Christina (@christinaemoss) February 13, 2018
Mine is that when I was 8 my friends and I went door to door selling homemade keychains so we could buy Bibles for our bullies.
My reasoning at the time was that if they read the Bible they would stop bullying me. I have since come to realize that in the hands of a bully the Bible can be as effective a weapon as any, but hey, my heart was in the right place.— Christina (@christinaemoss) February 13, 2018
The responses to @Christinaemoss's thread show that there are all sorts of people in the world, and they're already pretty developed as kids—who will eventually become weird adults.
There are people who couldn't handle the truth:
When I was 4, my aunt took me to “meet” Cookie Monster (my fave Sesame Street character). I was super excited and brought cookies and everything. Get to the front, see the 6-foot tall Cookie Monster, and throw the cookies at him before running away screaming. https://t.co/A4VMXclEnP— new year, who’s this? (@SonicBananas87) February 14, 2018
Some moved too fast:
In kindergarten we were playing pretend and a boy was put under a sleeping curse. Nobody could get him to wake up and were starting to get annoyed. So, me with all my Disney knowledge, kissed him.— Darth Sithona (@Making_Pots) February 14, 2018
I grossed everybody out and nobody wanted to play with me again https://t.co/Hp6pbBWd9Y
Some are natural caretakers:
Some are potentially future serial killers?
At around 5 or 6 I wrote and illustrated a Looney Tunes fanfiction in which Sylvester successfully captured, butchered, and consumed Tweety.— Jolie Menzel (@joliemenzel) February 14, 2018
My dad praised me for creating a story that was "unexpected."
Some just gotta be right about everything:
When I was 6 I became determined that Sleeping Beauty was called “Sleeping AND Beauty”; after MONTHS of striving in vain to correct me my mother gave in and said “Sleeping and Beauty” to appease me and I looked at her sternly and sighed “no, Mommy... it’s just ‘Sleeping Beauty.’” https://t.co/BJtaf6gFKU— Natalie Walker (friend of Paddington) (@nwalks) February 14, 2018
Some are unintentionally creepy:
Some are extremely morbid:
When I was a kid (super young, like 7 or 8) I was super into Egypt. For a few month period I thought it’d be smart to fall asleep with my arms crossed over my chest so if I died in my sleep I’d be easier to mummify, as I’d already be in the right position.— Kylie-Sky Lindsey (@kylieskylindsey) February 14, 2018
Some are workaholics:
Some are ready for stardom:
Some are vigilantes:
Some are blasphemous:
When I was quite young, I used to extemporaneously preach sermons to my relatives. Halfway through one such homily, my grandmother asked:— Hannah Long (@HannahGraceLong) February 14, 2018
"Hannah, how could Jesus walk on the water?"
I paused, stumped for a theological answer. Finally, I said:
"He was real skinny." https://t.co/3kbpdjYJQR
Some lie for the cause:
And some have delusions of grandeur:
In 3rd grade I used to plan recess time for me & my friends. Once my friends got together & staged a coup. "Fine," I said, "but you won't have any fun w/out me in charge." They came back the next day & aplogized bc they, in fact, did not have fun w/out me in charge. https://t.co/fXgwdXwpg3— Rebecca Roanhorse (@RoanhorseBex) February 14, 2018
Now, tag yourself.