Childhood thoughts that I felt would be a big deal during childhood — but then they turned out not to be:
I seem to recall quite a bit of time in elementary school spent discussing fire. Did the family have a plan on where to meet if the house caught on fire? If my bedroom was on the second floor (which it was), did I have a plan for how to get to the ground, should fire strike during the night? Stop, drop, and roll. Feel the door to see if it’s hot before opening it.
Many TV shows seemed to feature characters who, unfortunately for them, happened upon a patch of quicksand. Inevitably, others would try to help them out. Inevitably, this either did not work, or was only successful at the *very last minute*! It occurs to me now that I have never EVER encountered quicksand in real life.
Our elementary science books warned us that the earth was slowly cooling. In fact, an ice age was coming. I’m not sure if the teacher said it would occur during our lifetimes or whether I just imagined that in my fear — and it was fearful to imagine spending one’s declining years in the shadow of an ever-advancing glacier! But, as we all know, now the “experts” tell us that the coming ice age is a bust. So much so that they’ve changed the standard line to say that the earth is warming. I won’t pretend to know what’s really going on. But isn’t forty years a pretty brief time to change the scientific thinking so drastically?
Drugs, Drinking, and Smoking
As a child, my mom warned me against drugs, drinking, and smoking. I remember her telling me that someday, kids would try to get me to use drugs, or booze, or cigarettes, but that I just needed to tell those kids NO! I could vividly imagine some hoodlum-y kid approaching me, maybe during passing period, and trying to force a lit cigarette to my lips. I didn’t live in fear of this, exactly, but I could totally imagine it happening. But, it never did, with any of these things! This kind of amazed me. In fact, I guess I lead a pretty sheltered life, because even now, I don’t think I could tell you anybody I know who uses drugs. I’m sure there probably are a few — but I am unaware of it. I do know a few people who drink and smoke, but I’ve never had the substances forced on me. Thankfully 🙂
So, now it’s your turn. What is something from your childhood that you thought would be a big deal — but that didn’t really turn out that way?