Robert (gurdonark) wrote,
Robert
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When I was a child, I thought as a child, and I ROCKED!

Tonight I'm thinking about Summers past and childhood's end. I'm dwelling on joys experienced, and times passed. Will you join me in a poll in which we celebrate childhood ?


Poll #145306 I remember joy

During your childhood, which Summer feeling felt the best?

that thrill of the last day of school
8(36.4%)
the sight of bats and fireflies on dusky evenings
8(36.4%)
seeing a cardinal (or other geographically appropriate red bird) at the bird feeder
0(0.0%)
swimming in warm water
6(27.3%)
cartoons on days without school
0(0.0%)

Tell me--what was your favorite Summer activity when you were 10??

On a pleasant Sunday afternoon when you were young, what was your favorite cookie?

chocolate chip
12(57.1%)
oatmeal
1(4.8%)
peanut butter
1(4.8%)
half vanilla, half pistachio
0(0.0%)
gingerbread man
1(4.8%)
good old sugar cookie
1(4.8%)
pass the Oreos, please
2(9.5%)
You say Fig, I'll say Newton
1(4.8%)
Anything I could bake myself
2(9.5%)
vanilla wafers
0(0.0%)

As a child, which of the following did you do?

collect fireflys in a bottle to try to make a lamp
2(9.5%)
open honeysuckle flowers over a jar to try to make a lot of nectar to drink
0(0.0%)
tell ghost stories on dark nights
1(4.8%)
try to "fly" by jumping off something, arms flapping
0(0.0%)
daydream about how great it would be to be finished with school
2(9.5%)

Is there anything fun you did as a kid that you wish kids still got to do today as often as you did? What is it?

What positive trait did you have in greater abundance as a child that you most wish you had today?

courage
2(10.5%)
a sense of wonder
7(36.8%)
the ability to laugh about anything
2(10.5%)
a curious outlook
1(5.3%)
a feeling that everything was going to work out okay
7(36.8%)

What would your 10 year old self like most about the person whom you've become?

cool job
0(0.0%)
cool hobbies
10(45.5%)
cool significant other
4(18.2%)
cool pet(s)
6(27.3%)
cool, hmmm, well.....cool pencil cup, I guess
2(9.1%)

Describe in a 99 x 99 space the day you felt the most joy before you were 13

Do you remember what you wished to grow up to be (i.e., for an occupation) when you were 6? What was that? How about 12?

The change the rules of life, and you must now split your time between your current adult life and your 11th year. What percentage to you choose to spend as a child?

Mean: 28.75 Median: 25 Std. Dev 22.07
0(0.0%)
5
5(25.0%)
10
2(10.0%)
15
0(0.0%)
20
2(10.0%)
25
3(15.0%)
30
1(5.0%)
35
1(5.0%)
40
0(0.0%)
45
1(5.0%)
50
2(10.0%)
55
0(0.0%)
60
1(5.0%)
65
0(0.0%)
70
1(5.0%)
75
1(5.0%)
80
0(0.0%)
85
0(0.0%)
90
0(0.0%)
95
0(0.0%)

Which of these things would you have wanted to own the most when you were 8?

a wood-burning kit
4(19.0%)
one of those noisy grinder barrels that polishes gemstones
6(28.6%)
those springs that fit on the bottom of one's shoes but don't work very well
9(42.9%)
A tattoo--a real tattoo, of a battleship!
2(9.5%)
just one damn song that can make me--break down and cry!
0(0.0%)

How cool are you now compared to how cool you were during your best childhood summer (answer in %)

Mean: 55.75 Median: 62.5 Std. Dev 27.12
0(0.0%)
0
0(0.0%)
5
1(5.0%)
10
1(5.0%)
15
0(0.0%)
20
1(5.0%)
25
1(5.0%)
30
1(5.0%)
35
0(0.0%)
40
2(10.0%)
45
0(0.0%)
50
2(10.0%)
55
0(0.0%)
60
1(5.0%)
65
2(10.0%)
70
1(5.0%)
75
3(15.0%)
80
2(10.0%)
85
0(0.0%)
90
0(0.0%)
95
0(0.0%)
100
2(10.0%)

If you could live one day of your first 14 years again, which would it be?

Who would you rather have dinner with now?

Captain Kangaroo
4(19.0%)
Big Bird
4(19.0%)
Fred Rogers
6(28.6%)
Barney the Dinosaur (but only in an arsenic and old lace scenario)
1(4.8%)
Pee Wee Herman
6(28.6%)

Which of the following have you done?

wished to be 12 again
0(0.0%)
missed school terribly
2(9.5%)
smiled when you thought of playing Monopoly as a kid
3(14.3%)
longed for space food sticks
1(4.8%)
refused to grow up
4(19.0%)
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