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What’s something you thought was normal as a kid but turned out it wasn’t?

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For me it was the smell of hotel rooms.

My parents smoked, even inside, so they always rented smoking rooms whenever we would go on vacation.

To me hotel rooms always smelled the same. I thought all hotel rooms smelled like that. It wasn’t until I was in my 20s and took a trip with some friends did I realize that smell was stale smoke and not all hotel rooms smelled like that.
Posted by Anonymous on Oct. 23, 2017 at 1:09 AM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Oct. 23, 2017 at 1:10 AM
Oh man. So many things
flaquitabss
by Gold Member on Oct. 23, 2017 at 1:18 AM
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My daughter thought that Mexico was up in the sky until she was 6. We often traveled to México to see family. And at 6 we have her a globe. She asked to see where we lived and where Mexico was. She was truly amazed Mexico wasnt up avobe in heaven... since we always took a flight to get there she thought that was the reason 😂😂😂
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by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Oct. 23, 2017 at 1:19 AM
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That’s adorable!

Quoting flaquitabss: My daughter thought that Mexico was up in the sky until she was 6. We often traveled to México to see family. And at 6 we have her a globe. She asked to see where we lived and where Mexico was. She was truly amazed Mexico wasnt up avobe in heaven... since we always took a flight to get there she thought that was the reason 😂😂😂
Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Oct. 23, 2017 at 1:22 AM
It seems that the type of joking around my mom did with me and my brother growing up, and how I joke with my kids is unusual. An example is my Dd(18) jokingly said bite me, I bit her arm. The ppl we were around were shocked at both her comment and my reaction.
squeekers
by squeekers on Oct. 23, 2017 at 1:22 AM
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It took me to be an adult before I learned I could look another adult in the eyes.
I learned as a mother than I can raise a child & not hit her every day, unlike Mother.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Oct. 23, 2017 at 1:23 AM
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Ketchup sandwiches, having no power or heat, moving every few months, getting up and taking care of myself while my parents slept all day, stepping over random strangers passed out on the floor every morning. The places we lived were full of the same kind of families, so my friends all had the same lives. Took awhile to realize not everyone lived that way.
Probably not what you meant, but it seemed to fit the question.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 5 on Oct. 23, 2017 at 1:23 AM
I used to think it was normal for ankles to hurt. I couldn't understand why it didn't bother other kids.
flaquitabss
by Gold Member on Oct. 23, 2017 at 1:38 AM
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Also when I was a child we were on the wealthy side. (Im from Mexico) c I thought it was normal to have a million toys under the christmas tree and that every child got presents. Baby Jesus dont care if your parents are poor right???

Well, when I was around 10, my father and some people from their company made this promise to a chain store who was having a charity by matching every toy donated. For christmas. They agreed and they only asked to be included in the event, so they could also give baskets of the food brands of their company to the mothers of the children (their product target demographics) who where going to receive toys.
The day before the event there where tons of people at the factory assembling baskets, and my dad invited a bunch of kids to write christmas cards to go inside the baskets. So we went too. The baskets where so full of food, cans, beans, and all the products of their brands, a christmas card and a huge beautiful red bow. Then wrapped with translucent paper.. I thought that was the most boring christmas present ever... then the trucks with toys came.

Next morning we went (drove about 45 min in the city) and got to a place that was kind of "deserted" it wasnt. As soon as the trucks showed up (we were in cars behind them) people starting to go very near the trucks and holding unto the trucks as if they could stop it.... people came from everywhere! It was a bit scary. A lady talked to everyone and told them to make a line (children in one side, adults in another) moms with babies in a different line.

Then a bunch of people from the company started handing out baskets to the adults, and children where handed out 2 toys. A brightful ball and a toy the could choose from inside the trucks.
Children choose their toys and went to reunite with their mothers. Weird thing? The kids got more excited when they saw the big baskets of food than when they got their toys. I was very eye opening for a 10 year old me.

After that I only asked for 3 things for Christmas since I figured then it would be enough for everyone. And since becoming a mom, always give my kids also 3 things only.

My husband grew up very poor, so he picks on me often when I tell stories like this. We used to cut off the bread corners to make sandwiches.... he of course didnt. Our kids are a mix of both of us, so I guess they arent as screw up as me and my husband where!!!
chiefsfan91
by Silver Member on Oct. 23, 2017 at 1:43 AM
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I thought cats were girls and dogs were boys.
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by Anonymous 6 on Oct. 23, 2017 at 1:44 AM
Dad showing me pornos to explain sex when I was 6.
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