I was with some co-workers recently having lunch and it just so happened that there was watermelon for lunch that day.
I was having trouble getting all the seeds out and I was reminded of the fact that when I was little, my mom used to tell me that if I swallowed the watermelon seeds, a watermelon would start to grow in my stomach.
If that doesn’t scare a child, then I don’t know what does. I used to think that I could potentially be pregnant with a watermelon baby. Now, yes that would be pretty cool but it’s not ideal. I mean, people would be concerned.. who is the father?!! Then I would have to tell them that I’m really not sure, I’ve had my fair share of watermelons in my life. Who knows which seed got me pregnant.
So to start off this list, I used to believe that swallowing fruit seeds would get be pregnant with a fruit baby. It makes me laugh that even though this is absolutely absurd, I firmly believed in this for YEARS. You bet that I never ever swallowed any fruit seeds when I was younger.
I used to believe that if I crossed my eyes too much, they would stay like that forever. In fact, whenever my friends used to jokingly cross their eyes for fun, I would hold my breath waiting to see if their eyes would get stuck like it. Yes, I also did warn them but it’s a lot harder for one kid to convince another kid – I didn’t have the same authority.
I used to believe that relationships/love is all happy and nothing ever goes wrong. This one isn’t as funny but boy was I wrong about this one. I still am a firm believer that there is one person for everyone and that everyone has a soul mate somewhere out there BUT…that doesn’t mean that the journey to get there is a smooth one. It’s very bittersweet actually and sometimes there’s nothing you can do about it except wait and if two people are meant to be together, they will somehow end up together.
I used to believe that if I didn’t clear my plate when I ate, I would grow pimples. This was especially true for rice dishes or anything like peas etc that resembled the shape of pimples. SADLY, I got pimples anyways and that’s when I realized finishing all my food for all those years didn’t stop puberty from blessing me with acne.
I used to believe that I could fight police officers if I ate spicy food. This one is particularly odd and I very vaguely remember being told this but I do remember stocking up on spicy food. As a child, I was so scared of police officers. There was something about their uniform and ability to arrest me that freaked me out. I guess my mom utilized that very real fear to get me to eat more spicy food! Good thing is, I can handle my spice now!
What were some things you believed in as a child?!!