On Dangerous Childhood

The Great Lake Huron

My grand­pa dropped me when I was a baby. I didn’t find out about it until I was in uni­ver­si­ty (I lost all my grand­par­ents before I was 10). I read about it in a let­ter my grand­ma wrote to my moth­er. My grand­ma sound­ed very upset about it.

I burned my wrist while play­ing around in a garbage hole in our back­yard when I was 3 or 4. Back then every house­hold seemed to have a garbage hole where peo­ple threw the garbage into and burned it when the hole got too full. I don’t know why I was play­ing there. Bored, maybe? I don’t remem­ber hav­ing a lot of toys when I was a kid.

Around the same time, I hurt the back of my head while we were vis­it­ing some­one. I was sit­ting on an ottoman but I guess I didn’t remem­ber that ottomans had no back. I leaned back and bonk! I fell on my head. Hard. I didn’t pass out but the back of my head got squishy and it stayed squishy for some time. My moth­er lost a lot of weight wor­ry­ing about me.

I don’t remem­ber how many times I broke my lips run­ning into a street sign post when I was a kid. All I remem­ber is it hap­pened a lot. I got dis­tract­ed way too eas­i­ly. I still do.

My child­hood friends, my old­er broth­er and I used to play hop­scotch using pieces of asbestos as coun­ters. Yes, asbestos.

When I was in ele­men­tary school, a teacher broke a ther­mome­ter in front of us just so that he could pass the tiny blob of mer­cury around the class because he thought it was high­ly edu­ca­tion­al.

And that, my faith­ful read­ers, is the kind of child­hood I had and sur­pris­ing­ly sur­vived.

6 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Our child­hood shapes us in more ways than we can imag­ine.
    I’ve hurt myself a cou­ple of times, and I’ve hurt my class­mates, too. I pushed some­one while we were play­ing; he end­ed up bruis­ing his knee. I also stabbed a female class­mate with a blunt pen­cil; there was blood gush­ing out of her arm.
    So, yes, child­hood can be dan­ger­ous. :D

  2. I could relate to every one of those expe­ri­ences. They are very inter­est­ing. Thanks for shar­ing those things for thought.

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