Today's Finish the Sentence Friday prompt is "When I was a kid, I really believed..."
Well, I was going to finish it with "...my parents never lied to me", but I already wrote about the time my mom and grandma lied about the shells my siblings and I found and also about the time our duck died and my parents covered it up. That belief went out the window when I was 16.
I also believed I was going to be a superstar Olympic runner, seeing as how I was the fastest person in our school and in our neighborhood. To my nine year old self, I was already the fastest person in the world. That ended when I got to college and had to run people from lots of different states.
I believed I was going to be a fabulous artist. After I won the gold in the 100m, of course. Remember the mass mailings from "art schools" that had you copy a drawing and send it in? I drew the best fictional turtle head this side of the Mississippi, I tell you. A couple of months later, my suspicions (of being a natural) were confirmed when we heard back from the school. The letter gave an honest to goodness critique of my drawing, including both positive and negative points. In the end, they thought all I needed was a few classes.
Classes my parents wouldn't pay for. I remember having a clandestine argument with them about how good I was and how they were stomping all over my dreams and stifling my talent. Really, they didn't argue all that much. They said no and I yelled at them, as I was wont to do. (How could they have predicted that I would be a famous blogger someday and have to draw pictures of pigs?)
I believed dresses and fancy shoes were for people like my sister. The pretty, nonathletic girls. You know, a girl who didn't crawl around at recess and have to worry about a boy seeing her underwear. Now, I wear a skirt to every soccer game above 80 degrees. They are so much cooler than shorts!
I believed someone was going to try to kidnap my siblings and me. Most likely during an all-school Mass. I had an exit strategy and everything. I outgrew that one by the time I went to high school.
I believed pain in any form other than sports-related was completely not worth it. I told everyone that I was not about to birth babies. My plan was to adopt a whole bunch of them and avoid pain altogether. Clearly that didn't pan out. I not only loved every bit of pregnancy, I would go through labor and delivery again in a heart beat.
I believed that murderers and monsters lurked under beds and in corn fields thanks to Malachi from "Children of the Corn" and Freddy from "Friday the 13th" and my mom's parenting style which allowed me to watch such things. Unfortunately, this one stuck. I won't go in a corn field, and I keep lots of things under my bed so no one can fit under it and stab me from underneath.
How about you? What did you believe as a child?
Have a lovely day!