Childhood behaviours that other thought were strange or odd

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    May 08, 2007 12:56 AM GMT
    Did any of you guys do things as a child that other thought were odd or strange?

    I know of kids that ran around town in dresses, played with dolls etc. I never had a sister so those things were not around for me to play with.

    As a child I played with the girls next door. I was always cast in the male roles when playing house with them. I enjoyed climbing rocks as much as I enjoyed being creative with painting. My mother was told by a tenant of ours that she should stop this play cause your son will turn out to be a homosexual.

    To bring you back in time: I was born the 4th son in the family. My mother really wanted a girl. She wore pink during the prenancy and prayed to the virgin mary daily! LOL.

    I told her later that you did not get a girl but I will promise you a wonderful son-in-law.



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    May 08, 2007 1:27 AM GMT
    I sewed as a kid...I loved it actually. I did cross stitch as well...

    I always thought this was a weird thing, until I met a surgeon some years back that said he used to do the same thing (not gay). I've always wanted to be a surgeon, and never connected the two together, but I guess it's a common occurance...

    We would play dress up as kids...but since I had 3 sisters, my mom never had any guy dress up clothes. So, being the youngest sibling, my sisters would dress me up...

    Embarrasing right? oh well...as a child I told my parents I wanted to grow up and be an oddball... guess it happened ehh...
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    May 08, 2007 2:29 AM GMT
    Play eith dolls, wear pink sunglasses, etc.
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    May 08, 2007 2:56 AM GMT
    I wore my mother's rhinestone broach to Little League practice. The coach told me I couldn't do that. I told him, "I can too."
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    May 08, 2007 3:22 AM GMT
    I was an introverted loner who played with LEGO blocks. I grew up to be an introverted loner who plays with a computer on the Internet.
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    May 08, 2007 3:54 AM GMT
    After seeing Clint Eastwood in 'Paint Your Wagon' I wanted to be a singing cowboy. I wore my dad's rodeo hat to school every day for years. most of the pics I have of myself as a kid I was wearing that darn hat, which was way too big for me. I still have it.
    When in music class we would sing THE STREETS OF LARADO I'd belt it out lauder than anybody. I wanted them all to know that I was the singing cowboy.
    I also used to pretend to see dinosaurs all the time. I'd be out with my parents at the grocery store and point at an imaginary T-REX, and run for cover, causing all kind of havoc, and making my mom insane.
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    May 08, 2007 4:47 AM GMT
    I was also very introverted. And, actually, I will admit...odd. I was a total dweeb (no comments please) then, and a total loser at sports. Hence, I was an outcast. I developed an interest in model trains and spent many hours on a highly detailed layout (to the exclusion of friendships) in grammar school. I also developed a very heightened interest in science.

    You know, I grew out of much of that, but I still love model trains, miniature worlds (yo guys should see the Halloween Party I throw, complete with a clever (not hokey) haunted house in my basement).

    (I have a website that shows that, if anyone is interested).

    But, out of my obsession with science came my profession, meteorology and severe storms research.
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    May 08, 2007 11:26 AM GMT
    Strange things we did as kids? What a great topic,can't wait to read some funny shit. Everyone should add something to this forum,just for laughs.I had two sisters growing up and while I played 'boy stuff',I always looked forward to rainy days when I could play Barbie with my sisters.It would always end in a fight and I'd get kicked out of their room.(BITCHES)haha.I remember my favourite doll to play with was the Kelly Garrett doll.(Showing my age)Jaclyn Smith from Charlies Angels,the TV show from the late 70's.I think thats what most of the fights were about.haha.I also loved the Wonder Woman doll,and was so in love with her boss.Not many people know this stuff.I mean not many people knew this stuff,lol.
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    May 08, 2007 3:18 PM GMT
    Well if you ask my parents they could probably tell you a lot more stories.

    I used to put things up my nose. I one time I put a raisen up my nose and well it got stuck. I had to go to the doctors to have him get it out. He had some tweasers and everytime he would reach in to try to get it out I would breath in and the raisen would go back up there. Then when I would breath out the doctor would try again, and I would just breath in again.

    I also was a roller. I went from lying to rolling to walking. I never really crawled anywhere. Mom would look away and when she looked back I would be gone because I rolled under the furniture.

    I didnt play with dolls or anything else. I played with tupperware. Yeah for some reason loved rubbermaid. (And you thought dolls were silly)
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    May 08, 2007 4:30 PM GMT
    When I was a boy, it felt like Mom was always shopping, which was really boring. I don't know if it was boredom or just an early fascination with graphic design, but I would always come home with pockets full of those tags that hang from clothing--not the price tags; the tags with the company logos and stuff like that. But it was the 1970s, so looking back, I'm sure the graphic design really stunk. Must've been boredom, then.

    And along the lines of the raisin up the nose, I once found a pearl, a big bauble that had fallen off of some gaudy shoes my mom had. First thing I could think was to stick it in my ear, and so I did, and proudly announced to everyone that I had a new earring. That was a fun night... it involved tweezers and Q-Tips and Dad pounding the opposite side of my head. The pearl slipped out eventually. I've not been much into jewelry since then.

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    May 08, 2007 4:58 PM GMT
    I started a bad habit of running away when I was 2. Not because I didn't like family life, I think I just liked to travel. The first time I was gone for 2 days, which turned out to be sort of the average time.

    It was mostly into wilderness nearby or some place close that seemed interesting. The most "exotic" places include Yugoslavia (before the war) and Northern Mexico.

    My family tried to talk me into telling them when I wanted to leave, but I never knew. The thing was I wanted to do it totally on the fly when the mood struck and I didn't want anyone to know. I was horribly self-centered that way as it gave my mother premature grey hair.

    I also played with dolls, sewed - or tried to - danced lots with impromptu performances and refused to wear patterns.

    I was a total nut job. Not much has changed except I do wear patterns.
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    May 08, 2007 5:11 PM GMT
    I also sang to my food.
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    May 08, 2007 7:58 PM GMT
    My couisin and I blow torched my entire collection of Star Wars action figures into one giant blob of charred plastic. I hate admitting this, but we saved princess Lea for last.
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    May 08, 2007 8:23 PM GMT
    I was the first out of 24 on my mums side, so i was the centre of attention for ages before anyone else came along, (still am in truth). So i got worked on by all mums sisters for years.

    There was the curious incident of falling down the stairs dressed as an astronaut at age 4. They still laugh about it.

    The time i tried to pull the tail feathers out of my grandfathers canary. photographic evidence

    And the issue of always taking my clothes off. Again photo graphic evidence

    I also spoke for my sister for 3 years before she got fed up and started talking for herself. (now i can't get a word in edgeways)

    As for verging towards the centre of attention, nothing much has really changed...

    New years eve 2006-Drunken kareoke in front of other side of family, singing Gareth Brooks, with a pink cowboy hat on and a purple wine stained face.

    Que embaressing hangover.
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    May 08, 2007 8:27 PM GMT
    Reading all of these posts, I am filled with a sense of pride. I love that I am not the only goof out there. You guys are priceless!!!!
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    May 08, 2007 8:30 PM GMT
    Latch hook, cross stitch, lanyards, lets just say there was a lot of arts and crafts in my childhood.
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    May 08, 2007 8:33 PM GMT
    NNJ,

    It does not take a rocket scientist to see that you had a fetish for men in uniform.

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    May 08, 2007 9:30 PM GMT
    Ditto, RSK.

    I was gonna say I know just how you feel, NNJ. Last time I was in West Hollywood I was locked in a hotel room with a 6'5", heavily muscled
    man in a police uniform. I cried and cried to be rescued, but nobody heeded my calls and I was at his mercy.
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    May 08, 2007 9:37 PM GMT
    I styled Barbie's hair over and over and over. I would keep brushing it until she was nearly bald. Then I would brush my mom's hair for hours. She used to encourage me to be a hair stylist when I grew up. Then I grew up and instead of becoming a hair stylist I turned out just plain old gay- and she doesn't understand how this could have ahppened. LOL. Go Figure.
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    May 08, 2007 10:18 PM GMT
    Great topic.

    Ask anyone in my family, they'll all say I was a strange kid. I spent a lot of time alone and did not play with the neighborhood kids like my brothers and sisters.

    I kept a diary from the ages of 9 though 16. Once, my sisters were snooping in my room and read one of my diarys. They found out that I was in love with Shaun Cassidy and that I had written a letter telling him so. (boy, I never lived that one down)

    I also was a huge fan of Wonder Woman. I had posters, magazine clippings, books, etc. about her. No matter what I was doing, I always made sure I was home in time to watch the tv program.

    Lastly, I spent a lot of my time in the water. I grew up in Hawaii and it didn't matter if it was the ocean or fresh water ponds. My parents always had to yell at me to get out of the water. My favorite place to hang out was this secret hiding place behind this waterfall in the mountains. My siblings could never find me. I never showed anyone that place. I use to hang out there and imagine what it would be like to live in the "mainland". I wonder if it's still there.
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    May 08, 2007 10:30 PM GMT
    Nothing realy odd about me other then i was shy. Ya it may sound not that odd but at every family reunion we had people say they were going to call the cops if we did not turn it down. Also it took half a year for a teacher to know i was the brother of my sister becouse she was the loadest person she ever had. Also i love and still love gambling. Not the $10,000 but small $20 ones. So nothing realy odd.
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    May 09, 2007 12:43 AM GMT
    I had an imaginary friend who was simply a floating head, seriously!
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    May 09, 2007 2:11 AM GMT
    Yeah, I would sing Tina Turners songs, knew them all by heart. Music is a big thing for me always has been and will be. Had cousins that we would play dress up and I would wear there dress and makeup and even let them curl my hair. Back then I said I was just being nice. But for some reason it never felt wrong to me. I also would play house but I would make my wife go to work while I stayed home and played with the mail man and the ups guy. They should have known then. But like other guys I was the second born and my mom prayed for a girl. But she now gets someone to shop with and check out cute guys. She is very excepting about me. I also had me GI Joes get married and do thing that I always wanted to do in bed with another guy.
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    May 09, 2007 2:17 AM GMT
    I had three sisters and did the barbie thing, but I was ken and he always ended up being a ninja or a spy that saved everyone lol. I also used to play those hand clapping games with my sister and her friends.

    Otherwise, it was always super hero action figures. And when I think back on it, i used to make them have kiss and do bad things to each other, especially Batman and Superman lol.
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    May 10, 2007 10:26 PM GMT
    i used to collect paper, all sorts but it had to be unused paper, blank or lined, no stains lol. this one time my dad brought back a stack of old computer paper with those perforated holes on the side from the local dump, that was my favourite

    i still collect my fingernails, have about 10years worth, only if they were clean, think it came from when someone told me Picasso kept his toenails because he thought someone would use them to hex him or something so i did the same. and i used to collect roadkill, dead animals and bones and take photos of them, a bit creepy for mum when i wore birds' wings in my hair