Ah, childhood! When everything is terrifying and you have no control over what happens to you. No wonder people are nostalgic about it! It is pretty exciting to be figuring out the world, asking questions, exploring, coming back with findings—even if your conclusions about the universe are completely wrong.
Author Jennifer Wright was reflecting on her own childhood and the things she never quite got. There were some embarrassing misconceptions about clowns that made sense at the time, but looking back are kind of silly. She was still willing to share those ideas with her followers, and asked, what was their weird thing?
"What's the weirdest thing you remember misunderstanding as a kid? I thought adultery meant 'pretending to be an adult,'" she began. "I also thought clowns were born looking that way. I’d been told it was VERY RUDE to point or laugh at anyone who looked different, so at kindergarten birthdays I would gaze at them with respectful solemnity, like a little Queen Victoria."
She continued, "I think if no one had told me I’d have been about three years away from writing something for my school newsletter about how WRONG it was that we were forcing these beautiful individuals to perform for our amusement and CHUCKLES."
That all seems hard to top, but people definitely did.
"I used to confuse 'agile' and 'ugly' and spent a lot of time being really upset by nature magazines being jerks to animals I liked," shared one Dave Rudden. "I thought cottage cheese was just like regular cheese but made in small houses in the country," said someone else.
Did we learn anything?
Yes. We were much more fun as kids.