How would you describe yourself as a child?
Were you a happy child?
What was your relationship with your parents like?
Did you have a nickname? How’d you get it?
Who were your best friends? What were they like?
What kind of toys did you play with?
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  1. ladybarbara 3 weeks ago

    How would you describe yourself as a child? Happy. I was passed between 4 houses because there was a set of parents who wanted me, their names were Gordon and Jean. My Aunt Kay and Uncle Dick would take me just to see what having a child was like. I stayed at Grandma’s house a lot. Then there was “home” where my Aunt Marion was raising me. I was passed around a lot. My birth mother lived with my Grandma and she was mentally retarded to a point that she was never mentally older than the age of 2, so raising a child was out of the question. I had about 20 cousins to pal around with. Eventually, Gordon and Jean adopted a little girl, Kay and Dick started having children and their daughter, Sue, was like a sister to me. Marion would get overwhelmed with raising me and would beat me, but I had a best friend in an older boy named Lowell Henry and he was my lifelong love and protector for 50 years. I also started working at a roller rink at 11 years old, until I was 18 and left home. The job at the roller rink kept me safe from Marion’s temper. I learned to handle my own money at 11. I learned to cook at 7 years old and was cooking real dinner meals by the age of 10, and learned to clean the house, as well. I was a responsible child, but had delved in the fantasy that I could fly. Lowell Henry had me convinced of it. With a tea towel as a cape, I flew vertically off of our roof and broke an ankle, and that ended my flying super powers. From then on, I only flew on roller skates.

    What was your relationship with your parents like? Really bad. Mom beat me for any infraction of ever-changing rules. I learned to stay out of her way. I would clean her house, cook her dinner, and stay away from her.

    Did you have a nickname? How’d you get it? I was given the name Stinky Little Wind at birth. I was only 3 lbs. and not expected to live. I lived and the family called me Stinky and Stinker until I was 5 and started kindergarten. Then I needed a school name that would not make other children want to beat me up. I was given the school Principal’s name — Barbara Jean. Barbara was my nickname. I have never liked that name. Someone in record keeping in the school had switched my birth certificate name for my nickname and my school records were by my nickname. So, I had it legally changed before going to college.

    Who were your best friends? What were they like? My very best and truest friend was Lowell Henry. He was 6 years older than me. We were friends for 50 years. I knew his first two wives and became his third wife at the age of 45. In high school, my pal and skate partner was Billy Bonin. He was fun to hang around with.

    What kind of toys did you play with? I had a collection of dolls that I did not play with. When I was 10, I sent in Cheerios box tops and my allowance to buy myself a Red Ryder BB-gun and have loved it all of my life. With my gun I could play Army, War, Cowboys and Indians and other games with the neighborhood boys. It still stands in my livingroom, loaded with bbs and ready to shoot. I had roller skates and learned to dance on skates.

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      Scarlett 3 weeks ago

      @ladybarbara You are a very resilient being! The story on your mother demonstrates how you learned to be a caretaker from a young age. I think thats what happens, we learn to be a caretaker to survive. Sometimes it serves us well…

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    Scarlett 3 weeks ago

    How would you describe yourself as a child? I was very shy and quiet. My family of origin (foo) was pretty dysfunctional and I tried to be quiet to not cause waves.
    Were you a happy child? Not happy, but I found pockets of freedom when I was old enough to get out of the house. Also did not realize back then that the things mom and dad were doing were not normal.
    What was your relationship with your parents like? Very poor. Mom was emotionally abusive. Dad was the closest thing to the devil that you could get. If I were ever hugged as a child, I don’t remember it. Sometimes I wish I could go back and observe myself as a baby. Who took care of me? Mom and dad kept me alive, and I am grateful for that.
    Did you have a nickname? How’d you get it?My nickname was tabby, short for Tabitha.
    Who were your best friends? What were they like?I had three best friends in grade school, Laura, Michelle, and Chuck. We used to pretend like we were captain caveman and the teen angels. One interesting thing was that they were the smartest people in my then very young elementary class. I got away from hanging around smart people when I got older, but then I picked it back up. I think this was wise.
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  3. Yin 3 weeks ago

    I was happier as a child. I had two friends I always played with. (They are brothers.) Played video games and rode bikes for the most part. My mom lived two doors down from me. We had an ok relationship. Met my dad when I was 17. My relationship with my aunt and uncle was a little better, probably because they raised me. My aunt sometimes called me Ramona (my first name is Raymond.) Uncle’s sister sometimes called me Kylie Joe (middle name Kyle.) Had mainly action figures and wrestlers. Had some wrestling rings. Had some Dragon Ball Z characters. My mom had gotten me some GI Joe dolls. For some reason when I was very young, I always took the close off of dolls, male and female dolls. I feel as though I had some fascination/curiosity with the human body. I assume that is a somewhat common thing for kids? Overall, fine childhood.

    (These questions are very close to being some of those password questions, but good thing I never pick those kinds of questions, lol.)

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  4. five2one 3 weeks ago

    I was uncanny, as a child, is how I would put it. I did not cry, and had severe supernatural experiences. Very uncommon, but they happened.

    I was unusually patient, and unusually kept to myself.

    My parents were not around, which is what I actually preferred.

    I don’t think I was ever alone.

    So, I was like some kind in a horror movie, whose bestfriend is not visible, and not from this world.

    When they became visible, they have been my bestfriends ever since, though it has been a very strange life. It always is, in our world.

    I have always lived in between two different realms, just these days, I am far more conscious of it.

    Not that that matters, I suppose. It certainly makes matters more interesting, however.

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