Kids too clever by half
What's the most "On Brand" story you have from your childhood?
1. When my mum told me not to touch the electric stove when it was red, because that meant it was hot, so I made direct eye contact with her and slapped my hand down on the stove top. I had regrets but listen, you don't tell me what to do.
2. Around the time of the 2002 New Zealand election, my class all made up political parties and campaigned, I made a joke anti-Green Party called Concrete the Country and gained enough support to win, then the teacher cancelled the election. (ie I took a joke too far and ruined a good thing).
3. I got given the strap for correcting the deputy headmaster about what was the biggest river in New Zealand in front of the whole school. He said it was the Waikato, which is the longest. I pointed out the Clutha, while shorter, carries more water, and is thus "bigger" and that if he wanted to quibble, he should have defined his terms better. I was 9. I came second-equal in the quiz, and I was furious.
4. At age 6 I lost sight of my parents for 15 seconds at an airport and in those 15 seconds immediately started thinking about how I, a now homeless person in a foreign country, could reintegrate into normal society as quickly as possible.
5. I came crying to my mum as a child, just hysterical. She asked me what was wrong, and I told her I swore. I sat in my room, by myself, and swore to hear what it sounded like. I immediately panicked and told on myself.
6. Played with matches, set my PJs on fire, stopped, dropped, rolled, cut out the burned fabric and hand sewed a seam to repair them so no one ever found out.
7. I was about 8. My mum had a friend over that was chain smoking. I went and made a mock up gas mask and casually sat back down in the living room and resumed watching TV. My mum looked over and was mortified. Her friend didn't find it funny either. It was hilarious to me.
(Via @prinxeMu on Twitter)
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