What day is it, boys and girls?
It’s Laundry Day!
And what do we do on Laundry Day?
We make lists!
Today I thought I’d try to find 10 things about me that are different from before I exited my teens. And maybe 10 things that haven’t changed — that way, no matter what I come up with, it can go on one list or the other. The second list is allowed to contain practices from which I at some point deviated — for example, I tried having long hair for a few years — but which never “took”.
Check out these lists for inspiration, and then try it yourself!
Ten Ways I’ve Changed Since Childhood
- When I was in first grade, I was afraid of being drafted into the Viet Nam war. I had to keep reminding myself that I was neither American, nor a boy. I now have no trouble remembering that I’m Canadian.
- I used to spread mayonnaise on white bread and eat it. Just like that. No, seriously.
- I used to despise disco, with its simplistic synthesizer tunes and vapid one-line lyrics (anyone remember “Fly, Robin, Fly”?). Now I enjoy its silly, happy light-heartedness.
- Blue used to be my favourite colour. Now green is. Or maybe purple. Or a good deep pink. And oatmeal is nice and so’s oxblood, and then there’s gamboge, viridian, cobalt, or how about brindle, blue merle, liver, chestnut?
- I don’t fall and skin my knees nearly so much.
- I wasn’t able to play any instrument requiring the independent action of more than two fingers. Now I can play the recorder!
- In my teens, I enjoyed sweet, creamy poisons like Pink Ladies and Grasshoppers. Now I’m happiest with a pint of ale.
- In my teens, I had a prejudice against business people. Now I count several of that species among my closest friends.
- I used to love the Autumn. Now I like every season.
- I used to dislike parsnips and rutabaga. Now I like them just fine.
Ten Ways I Haven’t Changed Since Childhood
- I still pick up worms off rainy sidewalks and move them to safety.
- I still say hello to sparrows, chipmunks, cowslips, toadstools…
- I still have short hair.
- I still love to write stories.
- I still love marshes and woods and other creaturely habitats.
- When I was little, I preferred singing in church to sitting in Sunday School. Still do.
- When I was about 5, Mummy gave me a peeled clove of garlic just to sniff. I ran all over the house with it! I still love the aroma.
- I wasn’t able to even turn the ropes for double-dutch skipping. Still can’t.
- I always preferred stuffed animals to baby dolls. I still prefer animals to human babies.
- I still prefer salty and savoury foods to sweet.
I know, this entry has been a thrill a minute. But at least you now know more about me than my “about” page will ever tell you.