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Back in 1942, when I was 5, I arrived home from school and was told by my younger brother that there was a mouse in the chicken feed. I picked it up by the tail, took it into the kitchen where Mum and a friend were having afternoon tea, and put it on the table. The woman said, "Don't they look realistic these days?" Then the mouse leapt onto her lap before jumping to the floor. 

Mum chased it with a broom while I ran behind, crying, trying to stop her killing it.

And, yes, I can still remember it clearly after all this time.

Now it's your turn to tell one.

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As a small child and unable to clearly pronounce "tr" words, I replaced the "tr" sound with an "f".

My father spent an hour telling the woman at the sales counter that I was asking for a "TRUCK".

Didge xix

One of my boys had trouble with that word, too. He also stuffed a couple of other words that were pretty cute and, even though he's in his 50s now, we still use them occasionally.


I used to put dog poop in paper bags and put them on someone's doorstep and light them on fire. Then knock on the door. My brother and I would laugh when the person came out the door and tried to stomp the fire out!  :D


Didge Rooster

And you still managed to live to be an adult? Sounds like fun, Rooster. :D 

Hitman Rooster

He managed to live and we learned this from him !  Course we changed it a bit but the effect was the same ! :D

Didge Rooster

What's that line about the sins of the fathers? Hmm... Could have been payback, of course...


I never did anything to compare with what you guys did! :O

I seem to have led too much of a sheltered childhood.  :D

Didge TheOtherTink

You're a credit to your upbringing, Tink. :) 

Rooster TheOtherTink

That's what they all say !  :D :D  

TheOtherTink TheOtherTink

@ Didge:

At least when it came to not wanting to handle mice!  :O :D

TheOtherTink TheOtherTink

@ Rooster:

Well, umm... we do have to keep a few secrets, don't we?  :blush: :D

Hitman TheOtherTink

@  Tink : For you? All except for one member that we don't see here anymore. Probably can't get his head out of his ass yet !  :D

TheOtherTink TheOtherTink

@ Hitman:

I think he's searching for Hillary.  :D


Lol - there was nothing outrageous or spectacular I can remember having done as a kid (except for having tried to decorate a room wall as a 2 - 3 year old with a drawing - no need to mention the painful consequences - or being a nuisance to cyclists when crossing a calm, narrow street next to a small playground for kids). Girls had not much freedom by then, and education was rather strict.


No, there was no mouse to catch, to frighten other people, and seeing dead animals was too saddening.

During summer holidays at my grand-mother's home, though, I caught glow-worms and other insects in the gardens and meadows near the house, which I showed my grand-mother and my parents, before we released them where I found them.


(Lampyris noctiluca)

Once, I caught a cute little wall lizard near the vineyard, which I wanted to show to my grand-mother, but it escaped and hid somewhere in the kitchen. All we could do was to leave the kitchen, with the windows wide open, for an hour or so to let it find it's way to the garden ...


(Podarcis muralis)

Didge Marianne

You must have been a very good kid, Marianne. I'm sure my mother would have preferred your behavious to mine. :) 

Marianne Marianne

Lol - I don't know if I was so good; I tried to, but little kids can be so awkward when they try to imitate adults or ask embarrassing questions.