This post is part of a series about my elementary school experiences. Please click here for the full series.
You know how some children have overly active imaginations? I was one of those kids. I would come up with some crazy idea in my head — something with no basis of truth — and I would completely run with it.
This particular story takes place when I was probably about 7-years-old. We had family in from out of town, including three girls (my nieces, but they are older than me and that is a story for another time) who were about my age, give or take a few years.
It was summer and we were outside blowing bubbles, as children do. Somehow, I got it in my head that when bubbles pop, they would go to a magical world called Bubble Land. I don’t know where I got this half baked idea, but it was there. Bubble Land was basically heaven for bubbles who no longer existed. I wanted every bubble to get to Bubble Land because this was basically the only way they could continue living after their earthly demise.
Bubbles could only get to Bubble Land if they popped naturally — not if someone popped them. This was a rule that I made up since Bubble Land was a fictional world that only existed in my head. And yet, I believed it so intensely that I became visibly upset when the other girls popped the bubbles.
I threw a ridiculous fit full of crying and screaming something akin to, “No! Don’t pop them! They’ll never get to Bubble Land!” And I was essentially ignored. They were taking such joy in popping the bubbles but they had no idea that there were dire consequences involved.
The whole thing became a much bigger deal than it ever should have been seeing as it never should have been a “thing” to begin with. But I had to blow it up.
We have a picture of the four of us sitting on my porch following this incident. You can see just how inconsolable I was:
I’m the crying blonde on the far left. The bubbles also appear in this photo behind us and to the right.
There were moments from my childhood that I look back on and think, “Wow. I was a really smart kid.” This is not one of those moments.
Did you ever have any similarly ridiculous moments in your childhood?