May 22nd, 2008


Friday Five: Childhood

1. What were some of the smells and tastes of your childhood?

Manhattan clam chowder
Pork chops
Sea air
Smoky clothes you've camped in for 2 weeks
Pizza from the Depot Pizzeria
Oma's cigarette smoke
Electric heat
Rotting veggies in the fridge
Wet dog
Wet clothes
Dried oranges with cloves
Old books, old clothes, old papers
Coal dust

2. What did you have as a child that you do not think children today have?

A LOT of freedom, along with a lot of responsibility, which I was expected to attend to.

3. What elementary grade was your favorite?

6th grade, although only homeroom and classes with Mr. Crowley. He was the coolest teacher I ever had and in addition that year was filled with great wonders: I read Shogun, got to be friends with Dee, and my whole grade (except for Dee, wah!) went off for a week at a camp a few towns away. Mainly this year was good for me because I experienced my first inkling of the fact that it wasn't necessarily ME with the problem that caused my problems. Oh, and I also finally stopped growing! I was a 6'0" 6th grader.

4. What summer do you remember the best as a child?

Since "child" is specified, I will omit the summer in Germany and even the two summers I spent in Ithaca with my sister, as both were definitely teen experiences.

In childhood my fondest summer memories are of all the awesome wilderness camping trips I went on, especially the ones that were just Mom, Dad and I, but also all the ones when I was younger and we'd go to the (less wild) Adirondacks. Hmm, maybe that camping trip we made with Dad's troop of Boy Scouts! That was memorable on several counts.

5. What one piece of advice would you give to your younger self, and at what age?

Any age up to 17, when I figured out for myself: It's not you, it's THEM!