a reply to: Akragon
Well, I remember vaguely, often sneaking out of the house in the early morning hours when I was 4-5.
My mother told me that at 2 years old she tried to tie pillows to the top of the rail of my crib so I would not climb out. never worked, apparently.
From about 3 years old, she added multiple, high locks on the inside of the front door of the house. I would get a chair and stack things on it to get
to the locks.
I remember a handyman that worked for the landlord digging in the backyard. He told me and my cousin he was digging to China. I completely believed
him. I was 4.
I would go next door where several 'old drunks' (as my mother called them) lived and they would leave the door unlocked for the last to come home. I
would sneak out of my own house, go in theirs, let out their dogs, turn on cartoons and lock the door. My mother would come and knock on the doors and
windows, I would stick my tongue out at her and not let her in. I was about 3 then.
I would cross a busy street, walk a couple of blocks to a nunnery where the nuns had taken a vow of silence. I would ring the bell and attempt to
speak to them. I was about 4 then.
Mainly, I attempted to go off on my own at every possible chance. It drove my mother insane.
I remember i liked to cut 'tiny things' out of magazines. Logos, tiny houses, flowers, suns- anything tiny and I had a huge scrapbook of tiny
I loved stickers and going to buy stickers and things at the 'Hello Kitty Store'.
I had a 'chopper style' bicycle from England that I rode until I was simply too tall.
I watched some TV, but we only had 4 channels, plus the 1 Canadian station that came in fuzzily. I would cry unless I was allowed to stay awake to
watch re runs of Star trek.
Later I had an Atari. First kid in the neighborhood to get one, so 12 kids would pack into my room waiting for their turn at 'Tanks'.
I spent a little time in the school library playing 1 dimensional video games on a radio shack TRS 80 computer.
I played a lot of Dungeons and Dragons.
I finally got a landline phone in my room at about 14. I loved my combination record plaeyer/double tape deck.
I spent a HUGE amount of time outside with neighborhood kids. We built things, explored places, jumped rope, tried to get into trouble whenever
possible. Dinnertime always came too early and I would ask for just another hour to go outside after.