Monday, May 18, 2009
When I Was a Child...I Understood as a Child...
While reading last night, I was reminded of some of the misconceptions and beliefs I held as a child. The one that prompted the memories was in reference to a:
When I read that someone had opened a window sash, I imagined them lifting up an armful of material (shaped somewhat like a big bow) and wondered why they didn’t have glass windows like we did. The sash would probably look nicer but didn’t the wind, the rain and the snow come in? Didn’t they get cold?
Shirley, Goodness and Mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.
I wondered why these three women would want to follow me (or anybody) and if they would ever speak to me. Since this line was in the 23rd Psalm, I thought it must be true but I never saw them (were they ghosts? angels?) nor did they ever speak to me.
I also thought Goodness was a strange name for a girl.
I used to wonder why people in movies didn’t seem to notice when music started playing. (And it began to play in some pretty unlikely situations.) The people never even stopped what they were doing or saying.
This one has carried over into adulthood. I still find it a bit disconcerting when music begins during a scene unless I happen to be watching a musical.
My grandmother used to tell me that if I frowned, my face would stay that way. Ever the curious, doubting child, I finally decided to test this. Frowning, I looked at myself in the mirror for about a minute. It seemed like a very long time - long enough for a test, anyway.
And then I smiled. She was wrong!
(But I still remember her words when frowning.)
I do believe I carry around some adult misconceptions (which have been pointed out to me on numerous occasions) but I’m not sharing any of these. Such things are cute when you’re a child – not so much now.
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