Throwback Thursday #48 – That Was Then And This Is Now

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1) When you were a kid, did you like your name? Would you have changed it if you could? Do you like it now? I don’t remember liking or not liking my name. When my daughter was little she wanted to be called something else, but I wasn’t like that when I was little. Now, I guess it is fine. It sounds a little weird to me for some reason. If I call someone else that has the same name, it doesn’t sound weird.

2) As a kid, what always brought a smile to your face? What about now, as an adult? (family-friendly please) I remember loving my toys, my stuffed rabbit, my other animals. One thing I remember was a conversation that I had with my sister when I was little. This could be totally fabricated but to me it is 100% true. When we used to go to parades and things my parents almost always let us buy one thing. I always picked balloons. My sister always picked stuffed toys or other things. She told me that it was my fault that I bought stupid balloons that died the next day, that I should pick things like her that lasted. As an adult creating things makes me smile. I love to see finished projects and realize that I did well. My pets bring a smile to my face because they are so sweet.

3) What was the most important lesson your parents taught you? Did you pass that lesson down to your family? I remember my mother always telling me that I was the only one who could make me happy, not to rely on anyone else. If I wasn’t happy it wasn’t anyones job to get me to be happy, it was my job. I also learned to care for other people. I think I did pass this on to both my children. I always loved that both of my kids were good, kind kids. My daughter is still so kind and cares for other people, sometimes more than she cares for herself!

4) Are there talents you started as a child that you still have? If so, what are they? Probably drawing. I always loved to draw. I loved dance, ballet mostly, but didn’t continue past my teen years (which I do regret).

5) Is there something you regret not doing or starting when you were young? What was it? I regret not continuing my dancing. I also regret not learning more about future opportunities. I feel like I grew up in some sort of bubble when it comes to that.

6) Did you have more close friends as a kid or as an adult? Any idea why? I have always had a handful of good friends at all points in my life. Some of them are still in that handful, even though I don’t keep in constant contact with them. I am sad when I think about people who were really close to me and no longer are, for whatever reason. I insecurely wonder if there was a way to have maintained those failed relationships. I was a kind person and when I was little, I was the one the teachers assigned to be friends with the new kids. I was very quiet but smart and attentive.

7) Where did you go to think as a kid? Where do you go now? I think just my bedroom. As a teen I liked to drive. Now, I like to create things or go out for a drive. One of my personal “anthems” is the song My Church by Marin Morris https://youtu.be/ouWQ25O-Mcg

8) What would be the name of the chapter of your life from 10 – 18? What would the name be the name of the chapter of your life currently? Simple Happiness would be the 10-18 chapter. Currently, it would be Realizing Happiness Despite Heartache.

9) What wonderful thing happened in your adult life that your child self could never have imagined? Despite losing my first husband, I think it would be finding love and feeling loved two times in my life.

10) Would your child self like your adult self? Why or why not? Yes, definitely. I understand people’s insecurities and have empathy and compassion for people. I was a shy child and I think I would have really liked me.

11 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday #48 – That Was Then And This Is Now

  1. Thanks for joining in Christine. I love the advice your mom gave you. It was/is a positive way to look at life. I was the kid teachers assigned to tutor students who were struggling. I loved it and had great patience. I am sure your child self would like the adult you. 😁

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  2. 1) When you were a kid, did you like your name? Would you have changed it if you could? Do you like it now?
    I always hated my real name. It’s an old man name that no one ever spells or pronounces correctly. Greg is a pen name, it’s good enough.

    2) As a kid, what always brought a smile to your face? What about now, as an adult? (family-friendly please) I really don’t associate my childhood with smiling. Maybe funny tv shows and movies. As an adult, I guess just not being stressed about anything, on the rare occasions that that happens.

    3) What was the most important lesson your parents taught you? Did you pass that lesson down to your family? I feel like the most important thing I learned from my parents were things NOT to do, like not to neglect my kids and ignore and discourage their hobbies. I never had kids of my own, so I didn’t really get to pass that down.

    4) Are there talents you started as a child that you still have? If so, what are they? Not really, although I kind of did start writing as a child.

    5) Is there something you regret not doing or starting when you were young? What was it? Sticking with music, maybe.

    6) Did you have more close friends as a kid or as an adult? Any idea why? Adult. Because kids are assholes. Period. Pretty much everyone in every class every year in elementary school was horrible to me for no reason, and the teachers didn’t care, no one cared about boy-on-boy bullying in the 80s. I was the troublemaker because I reacted when I reached a point that I couldn’t take it anymore.

    7) Where did you go to think as a kid? Where do you go now? I went to the toilet to poop. Same now.

    8) What would be the name of the chapter of your life from 10 – 18? What would the name be the name of the chapter of your life currently? Good question…

    9) What wonderful thing happened in your adult life that your child self could never have imagined? I spent four months wandering around the country.

    10) Would your child self like your adult self? Why or why not? Probably.

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      1. Pretty much. It would have help to have someone investing time and emotional energy in me at home too. That happened to some extent, but more in the sense of my parents trying to get me to do things the rest of the family liked to do, instead of taking an interest in anything that I liked. I was into things that my parents didn’t understand (math, computers, video games), and my brother was into things they did understand (baseball, basketball), so they spent all their time helping with his teams, leaving me to play Nintendo and build things with Legos alone. It wasn’t entirely alone, though. My brother played Nintendo and Legos with me (although we sometimes bickered as brothers usually do). And I watched my brother’s games and worked the scoreboard and snack bar, but watching all the other teams where I didn’t know anyone was boring to me, and I didn’t attend his team’s practices or anything whereas Dad was the coach or assistant coach much of the time.

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