- Things that passed you by, as a child
We got a great wee chat from our biology teacher once about how important it was to come and talk to him after class if there was anything we didn’t quite grasp in the lesson – his case in point…
Having covered the thorny issue of ‘reproduction’ he asked a class if they had any questions – boy puts hand up
“When people have sex how do they know?”
So the teacher starts to recap on conception and the first signs of pregnancy and….
“No – I mean how do they know they’ve had sex? If they’re asleep?”
Kid had taken the whole “Going to bed with..” and “Sleeping with…” to mean both participants were fast asleep during the whole act.
Silly boy. He would of course later learn that only one of the participants is likely to be unconscious.Posted 4 years agobearnecessitiesSubscriber
I used to think “Sugar Free” meant that the product was cheaper because they weren’t charging you for the sugar parts of the ingredients.
A (insert political brand) Party, was a get together with ballons and cake.
A sweet (in the ‘desert/pudding’context) was going to be a selection of confectionary (I even remeber where I was when I discovered that)Posted 4 years agobikebouyMember
I grew up in a very Religious area in Florida, we used to have marches and bands come through the village estate where we lived, nearly all participants wore White Pointy Hats and carried a Cross, it passed me by many a time and it took me an RE Class during 9th grade to be informed what it was all about, my Parents kept schtum.. 😯Posted 4 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
I grew up in a very Religious area in Florida, we used to have marches and bands come through the village estate where we lived, nearly all participants wore White Pointy Hats and carried a Cross, it passed me by many a time and it took me an RE Class during 9th grade to be informed what it was all about, my Parents kept schtum..
There was a brilliant story by Stephany Foo on ‘Snap Judgement’ about her family moving to a rural town in the US. They started getting letters from the local Klu Klux Klan which as a kid she had to read as she was the only one in the family who could read english. At school they had a project to start writing to a pen friend… so she started writing back to this guy from the KKK – coolest pen friend ever – a Grand Wizard! So he’d be sending letters full of threats and she was writing back with ‘so, which is your favourite Madonna song?’. Superb!Posted 4 years agobig_scot_nannySubscriber
On the sexual education thing, aged 10 ish (not 20…), I knew what intercourse was (mostly), and that to have a baby you had to have intercourse.
However, my chronological undersanding was off. As I saw it, the heavily expactant couple arrived in hospital to be told by the Dr. “Yes, please have sex now so you can have the baby” in the hospital ward. Gowns on and everything. 😆
Funny how that has sort of proved to be an effective way of starting labour for our three… 😳
Kev 😀Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
I used to think that only one copy of a film existed and that it was sent around cinemas in turn.
Actually, in the days of actual film (not that long ago), the reels were very expensive so there weren’t that many of them, and smaller cinemas couldn’t afford to get them straight away so they had to wait til the big ones had finished with them.Posted 4 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
My Dad was an IT Consultant in the 80s/90s, visiting companies around UK setting up systems etc.Posted 4 years ago
However when he used to tell me he was going away to see a customer, I had visions of him driving all day to a little shop by the motorway, and selling wool, of all things.GrahamSSubscriber
My 3 year old is currently under the apprehension, fed to her by her mother, that the burglar alarm sensors in the house (the ones in the corner of the room that light up when someone moves) are actually how Father Christmas watches her to decide if she is naughty or nice. 😆
I’m not keen on this.
To me stories about a fictional figure that watches her all the time is one step away from making her a chirstian.Posted 4 years agostumpy01Member
I could never quite grasp the concept of cheques when I was young.
I’d go food shopping with my mum and she’d always pay by cheque. I never understood why she didn’t just spend as much as she wanted, as she would just write the required amount down on the cheque and it was accepted.Posted 4 years ago
I didn’t realise that there was a further process whereby that money then left her account!euainSubscriber
I had something similar with getting change.
Whenever we went to the shop, mum and the shopkeeper seemed to just exchange different coins/notes. Couldn’t work out why she’d say there was no money left – the nice man in the shop had just given her a nice pile of money.Posted 4 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
As a child, I always wondered what “Pri Minister” meant when my folks were watching the news.
Aged 18, my BIL asked me about money: “When you take money out of your account, how do you get more in there?”. Naturally, I replied “the Bank of Mum and Dad.” Trouble is, he’s 28 tomorrow and still believes that….Posted 4 years agojekkylMember
When being educated on the birds n bees I thought you stick your tinkle in a ladies twinkle and then just kinda leave it there for bit, never realised the going in and out bit, they don’t mention that in sex ed. Maybe whilst you were waiting you’d have a cup of tea or watch tele or something.Posted 4 years agoteaselMember
The class structure. Well, until I was around seventeen. Obviously ‘posh folk’ drove around in Rollers, but in the main, I didn’t have a clue. Might have been due to the fact I was heavily into alcohol at 12, so I guess an awful lot passed me by.
Probably for the best…
🙂Posted 4 years ago
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