I had one cousin who was the same age as me and lived only a couple of blocks away, so we would always get to play at each others houses. To our disappointment, my little brother would always have to tag along. He was 4 years younger and so he desperately wanted to be included just as much as we desperately wanted him to go away. This lead to us playing all sorts of tricks on him - normally just hiding from him and then jumping out to scare him. But one day, we got ahold of a big skein of white yarn and decided to create a giant human spiderweb. My cousin and I went into his bedroom and closed the door and proceeded to dart back and forth, weaving in and out of things across the room to create an intricate web of doom. We made sure to use ALL the yarn. We then placed fake spiders all over the web and invited little brother inside.
I had a little radio/tape player in my room when I was a kid and I remember learning that I could "record" my OWN VOICE when pushing down that red record button. My little brother and I were playing in his room (I was 7, he was 3) and I had the tape recorder set up and ready for an important event. One of my mom's tapes was in the player and it was playing soft and beautiful piano music (George Winston - December) which I randomly interrupted with my own voice as if it was a radio show. At 7, I never realized I was permanently ruining my mothers tape. I just thought it was so cool that I could turn this boring music tape into a show with interviews and my own singing voice interrupting parts of the songs. Yeahhh. I said things like "Brian! Say something! Brian comeonnnn say something! Anything!!" and then three or 4 seconds of music would go by and then you'd hear Brian yell "POOOP!!". We ruined the entire tape with our antics and when I'd realized (and when mom realized) what we had done I felt so guilty that I hid the tape for so so long. I swear... I still have it somewhere and would LOVE to hear it now!! Priceless!!
Ace of Base Diva
As a child, I definitely was a "leader" when playing games with others. I found this to be especially evident in my memories with my friend Amanda. She would come over for sleepovers all the time and one of our favorite things to do was to "dress up" in "dance" outfits and choreograph performances to our favorite Ace of Base songs. When there were guy parts in the song, we'd include my brother. Our dance outfits were tights + bathing suits. Yes!! I would always be the "lead singer" and she'd be the backup singers. We would dance and lip-sync to the songs and perform them for my mom, usually in the kitchen where we could slide around in our tights better for the dramatic slide across the floor moves. I grew out of the childhood diva phase but I never grew out of my love for dancing ridiculously to Ace of Base!!
In elementary school one year, I used to go over to my friend Alysha's house after school every day until my Mom got out of work. We were both very creative and loved to write stories. We decided to start our own writing club. We'd have a certain amount of time to write a story and then we'd bring it to the club and share it. Our stories were to be kept in our Trapper Keepers, the official folder of the writing club. We would sit together with our Trapper Keepers in our laps, stacked with lined paper and freshly sharpened pencils, and write. Our stories were elaborate plots with unique characters and packed with childhood imagination...and to our surprise they were never published into real books!! I don't think kids do this stuff anymore now that they have cell phones and video games. That is sad isn't it??
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