You know that old saying, you don’t know where you are going unless you know where you been? In order for you to be comfortable with me, I want to share some of my past. The next couple of posts will reveal some information from my past.
First up, let’s talk my elementary school years. Age 6-11. Here’s some cool and embarrassing facts about me:
I was really thin as a child. It was combination of genetics and being somewhat active.
I felt like the X-Men character Longshot because EVERYTHING went my way. Especially at school
- Raffle Cake Walk: I would win
- Field Day races: I would win
- School Fund Raising Event: I would win
- Kickball: Undefeated in elementary!
Despite the big ears and widows peak, the young ladies loved the kid!
Every year there would be a new girl that was obsessed with me. From Kindegarten to 1st, a girl in my neighborhood would give me a lollipop every time we played. In third grade, I had a classmate stalk and follow me all the way home…..That one was a little bit creepy
I use to beat up kids that were bullies. I was really really good at fighting. I watched wresting a lot as a kid and came up with my own finisher move. It was called the Mumbo Jumbo (Based off a villain from a cartoon called SilverHawks). Many bullies feel victim to it!
What’s funny is the fact that teachers always had me as their ideal behavioral student. I would use that to my advantage. If a kid bullied another kid consistently, I would beat the bully up when nobody was around.
Sometimes the bully would threaten to tell. I would simply say: “Who’s the teacher/principal going to believe, you the troublemaker or ME?”
LIMITED VIEW OF THE WORLD
To me there were only two states in the US, Virginia and Ohio. Virginia felt like another country to me whereas Ohio was my home.
Those feelings came from being born in Cincinnati, Ohio and moving to Virginia at age six. A aunt moved to Virginia from Germany, so my mind always treated Virginia as this foreign country as a child.
Family and friends that know me from childhood all say the same thing…..Mike was so quiet!
Being quiet throughout the school year bottled up inside and exploded during the summer. My Aunt Pam and cousins got to see the hyper goofy Mike often during summers in Cincinnati. Give me ten minutes after a good dinner, and you were bound to see this side of me in the summer.
HUNG OUT WITH THE OLDER KIDS
I hung out with kids that were older than me majority of the time. I have a brother that’s four years older than me, plus an older cousin that I lived with during this period. I use to hang out with them and their friends more than my own age group.
THE SOCIAL EXPLORER
From age six to eight, I was active in my neighborhood. I would bike ride, walk, and play neighborhood group games. Oh how I miss the neighborhood tag games, water gun fights, hide and seek…..Do kids still do that stuff anymore?
THE INTROVERT NON-EXPLORER
From nine to eleven, I wasn’t as active. My family moved to a different neighborhood for the third time since moving to Virginia.
I just didn’t have the drive to make new friends in the neighborhood. Only time I went past my block was when I walked to school.
Now that I’ve shared my past, what did you do as a kid?