We traveled a lot with Dad's job. I went missing one time. Mom panicked but soon found me with a pack of dogs in the nearby park. The family joke after that was, Need Gail? Call the dogs.
We once lived in a two story house. I had an inflatable toy horse. I spent hours throwing it over the balcony and racing downstairs and outside to see if I could catch it! I don't know why no one stopped me. I guessed they thought I would figure it out soon enough. I kept thinking if I just run a little faster...guys, I was only three!
Our Christmas rule was even if you knew what the gift was, you never told. One gift for my sister was wrapped in thin tissue paper. I'm holding it, pressing the paper, sounding the words out loud....Bugs Bunny Cartoon...Wham!!! I was getting a whipping before I knew it. I had broken the rule!!!!
I got a paddling in second grade for talking in class...not me!!! Yes, it was and the teacher missed breaking the paddle on the desk. Lucky me.
My second paddling was not a miss. A specially chosen child each day got to carry the milk for our break to the class room. I had never been chosen. We all knew the first one in from recess got to carry the milk. I got there early because I wanted to carry milk so badly...and that's when my third grade teacher paddled me for coming in too early. I'm getting mixed messages here, lady!
I had snakes for pets but could only keep them if they were confined and that confinement stayed at the barn. One rule right at the top of THE RULES was no snakes in the house. Mom wasn't home.
What harm was there in that? I had it in a jar...welllllllllllll, the jar tipped over. Never caught the snake and never confessed that one...Sorry, Mom!
I have a male cousin my age...nope, don't even go to the dirty thoughts! He was always trying to out climb, out run, out play, out wrestle me. He was such a weak child. I put one of my dresses on him. He fought pretty good that time but I still won. We had an old Kodak box camera, yep, took his picture.
After his parents divorced I did not see him for years. He, then in the military service, showed up where I worked. He mentioned the dress and how he tried so long to overcome that humiliation as a child. I said, I was sorry. We laughed. I think I could still out wrestle him!