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.”— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) March 7, 2018
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.— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) March 7, 2018
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.— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) March 7, 2018
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.— Dave Rudden: THE ENDLESS KING 22/3 (@d_ruddenwrites) March 7, 2018
I thought cottage cheese was just like regular cheese but made in small houses in the country.— The Daily Nonprofit (@Maggie4Beers) March 7, 2018
That my right and left had had feelings and that my left hand was mad at me because I don’t use it as often— diamond rah (@draasharae) March 7, 2018
I thought little people lived in the radio playing music and talking. I was 5.— OKoye 💋 (@HarlighQuinn) March 7, 2018
I used to think seahorses were mythical creatures like unicorns or pegasuses (pegasi?). I...umm...was well in my 20s before I saw one in aquarium and discovered the truth.— dan fROMDELAWARE (@deadlydannyray) March 7, 2018
When I used to put away cutlery I would always imagine them talking to each other and would always try and pair them up so they had a buddy when they went to “school”, if they were odd numbered I’d whisper, “You guys are going to be a group of three this time it’s okay” 😭— Kilogram (@Kgisamazing1) March 8, 2018
I thought watergate was an actual gate. like a dam that holds back water.— Mari (writer/editor) (@mariadkins92) March 7, 2018
Also while reciting the Lord's Prayer as a kid, I always pictured God in front of an easel because "Our Father, who ART in heaven..."— Kathy Werner (@lifeliner2) March 7, 2018
I also wanted to work at the grocery store as a cashier because the checkout lady used to always say “I have to count MY register and go home” then take the drawer full of cash so I thought the cashier got paid whatever was in the drawer. ☺️😞😇— OKoye 💋 (@HarlighQuinn) March 7, 2018
I can believe it. As a kid I was worried my family might be vampires because my mother was from Pennsylvania. Eventually a teacher pulled me aside & dropped a truth bomb about Transylvania being a different thing. But it was some serious shit for a while! Folks laugh at me too 🤣— John Edward Lawson (@bizarroguy) March 7, 2018
I thought Hyundai was plural for Honda. Until my early 20s.— chase dewitt brown (@Cdewittbrown) March 7, 2018
Assumed TV presenters could see who was watching. I refused to turn a show off even if I didn’t like it because I thought it would be so demoralising for them that they’d just give up once I’d gone. Kept watching and smiling at the TV to encourage them.— Elizabeth Clark (@lizziekclark) March 7, 2018
I misheard "Navy blue" as "maybe blue" and I ran with it because it sure was hard to tell if it was blue or not.— Theresa Dorsey Meis (@FireBUnicorn) March 7, 2018
I thought “incognito” was a place, as in “I’m staying IN Cognito for a while.” I figured it was probably a tropical island where you could go if you just had to get away for a while.— Allie Beck (@allie_beck) March 7, 2018
I thought being a virgin was something religious and told 6th grade friends that I wasn't...😳😳😳😱😱🤣🤣— RiseFromTheAshes🇺🇸 (@amelie811) March 7, 2018
Did we learn anything?
Update: My major findings from this are— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) March 8, 2018
1) You all thought the world used to be black and white
2) You were all concerned about youth in Asia
2) You all thought that guerilla fighting was some kind of planet of the Apes warfare. I'm not going to lie, that sounds kind of awesome.
Yes. We were much more fun as kids.