Friday, May 8, 2009

100 Things, Part 1

1. I was born in SoCal.

2. I try to get back to the beach (any California beach counts) once a year.

3. My first memory (I was 4 1/2) is of pulling up to our new house and sleeping out in the front yard our first night.

4. Because, as I recall, we didn't have the keys yet.

5. My second memory is of watching Donny and Marie (and his purple socks) in the basement of that split-level house.

6. On the deck of thathouse, I smashed a bee in my copy of "And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street."

7. I still have that book and the bee guts are still there.

8. The next week, I felt something land on my head so I reached up to touch it and got stung.

9. That's karma, baby!

10. I sucked my thumb until kindergarten

11. I tried everything to stop it, the only thing that worked was putting tube socks on my arm at night and the fact that my mother bribed me with an enormous turquoise ring

12. It fell off my finger that first day.

13. I'm pretty sure it's still in the front lawn of that house and one day, I'd really like to take a metal detector over there and dig it up.

14. I rocked a great pair of boots and a vinyl dress coat (complete with fake fur-trimmed hood) in kindergarten.

15. I thought I was so Go-Go.

16. Even though I didn't know what that was.

17. In first grade, I had a crush on a boy named Johnny.

18. I remember this because he wrote me a note and I got caught with it.

19. That was my first brush with Public Embarrassment (also known as PE).

20. Then we moved to the Philippines, where I had a lot more "brushes" with PE.

21. For example, on my first day at school the teacher asked some girls to play with me.

22. They (knowingly) stood me on a red ant hill, told me to count to 20 and then try to tag them. Damn! those asian ants can really bite.

15. The read ants swarmed me, I screamed and the teacher ran me into the bathroom, stripped my lower half and hosed me down.

16. Welcome to the Philippines, thankyouverymuch!

17. I lived there 4 1/2 years (the rats there are as big as bushes, so that's a very long time).

18. Also, I was there when Marcos was. We didn't do fire drills, we did BOMB drills.

19. I swear to you that, in the 70s, the entire country (the parts I lived in) smelled like pee.

20. I spent 5th grade in 3 different schools, in two different countries, and two different states.

21. My 5th grade teacher in the Philippines was Mrs. Ester Fernando. She had fabulous Aquanet hair, stood 5 ft nothing, and wore orange nail polish on her one-inch nails. She was very cool.

22. I served as a Yearbook Photographer and my dad taught me how to develop film in our dark room. He was very cool.

23. My mom almost died of cancer. Long story short: she had a molar pregnancy, but my brother was born, lived one hour and then died. She did chemo (in the Philippines! in the 70s!)and was in the hospital for a long time. She's very brave and I admire her deeply.

24. Back in the states, I had the same 5th grade teacher as my Uncle Tom (10 years prior). People not so lovingly referred to her as"The Brink." Every girl in her class was required to crochet a granny squares afghan. She was very not cool and way past retirement.

25. However, I did manage to win my first writing contest. It was a slogan for Poison Control and the prize was a Roadrunner backpack. Winning slogan? Pesticide is for the bugs. That is what you call literary prowess.

How about you? Did you have any brushes with "PE"? What was your favorite outfit as a kid?


Heffalump said...

I totally wanted to marry Donny Osmond when I was five years old. I thought he looked great in purple!

Loralee and the gang... said...

My fear of PE was always the fear of my brothers (I have 5) finding out who I had a crush on.
My fav outfit was a plaid pantsuit that my mom helped me sew when I was in the 3rd grade. It was pink & gray. Love it. Wore it almost every day. (Looking back, THat's probably my biggest PE)
Hey- I am doing a little 100th Post Giveaway - I hope you'll stop by!

Kristina P. said...

I love that your list is actually a story. Awesome.

Anonymous said...

I missed that it said "Part 1" after 100 things, so was surprised when it ended at 25. (Not that I don't think that's a good way to break it down, because I do.)

I sucked my thumb until I was 7 and quit when my grandma bribed me with a new dress. I just learned from my sister that she took the bribe but then went back to her thumb-sucking ways. Rose just turned 5 and still sucks her thumb, and when the dentist tells me she should stop, I just nod but don't make promises. My mom even tried coating my thumb with that nasty "Thum" stuff, but I learned to get through the unpleasant period before I'd sucked it all off.

My best friend when I was 5 had long white-blond hair and red knee-high boots. She was so beautiful and stylish.

Tebbs Family said...

Loved your list! My PE horror was in 9th grade and that fake-tan-in-a-bottle came out and I put some on my super white legs (not my arms or anywhere else) and when I dressed in my PE shorts and went outside everyone saw my ORANGE legs and hands. (It didn't help that I was in the 10% minority of whites at my school...) My high school cheerleading friends still remember the visual!

Kim N said...

Love your list! My PE fear was always that I would slip in the lunch room with my tray of food. It finally happened to me in 2nd grade. To make things worse it was the first day of school. The tray went flying and there was food everywhere. Then it happened again the next year...sigh.

Shawn said...

I had a record by the Osmonds----funny---and I sucked my thumb also until I was 8!! So, I passed you up in being screwed up!

Hey, thanks for reminding me---now I've got something for my Memory Monday! :)

Elizabeth-W said...

I'd still be in 5th grade if I'd had that assignment!

Mrs. Organic said...

I think some of you tie with me for PE moments.

EW - luckily we moved before I even got started on that stupid granny squares afghan. I never could figure out crocheting.

JENNIFRO said...

PURE entertainment. Man, so enlightening...really.
LOVED this.