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Emily as a Kid

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[#56] Date: 24th July, 2021

I first came across this article I kid you not by @TengoLoTodo and subsequently Getting to know me challenge. When I was a kid...... by @Princessbusayo and thought I'd attempt to recall my own f@rked up childhood.

Note: This challenge was initiated by @bmjc98 You can read her article Getting To Know You More Challenge: When I Was A Kid.ย 

Honestly, I do not have a vivid memory of my years growing up. My earliest memories were from around age 5 or 6. I guess way too much time has passed, compared to a child from the 1990s or 2000s. Or maybe my life was too uneventful to have anything worth remembering, but here goes.

I spoke Hokkien

My mother tongue is Cantonese but my babysitter was Hokkien and they conversed in Hokkien at home. My parents sent me to this Hokkien woman to babysit me while they went to work in the morning and collected me when they got off work in the evening. I spent at least 8 or 9 hours a day at this household, five days a week for about two years.

I don't remember it myself but I conversed in Hokkien then. After I was no longer sent to her, I forgot about the dialect, but my parents never let me forget the fact as they used to tease me about it. Goodness, instead of encouraging me to speak an extra dialect, they were discouraging. Perhaps it will all come back to me if I get a huge knock on my head.

Baby photos

I don't have any baby photos because my parents couldn't afford a camera then. During one school holiday trip when we stayed at my uncle's house in the capital city, they invited us to browse their photo album. My mom spotted my baby photo there and requested to have it. They refused! Duh... I'm not their daughter. Why would they want to keep my photo?

Skipping kindergarten

I was enrolled in kindergarten at a young age, about 4, to this class at a Baptist Church a short drive from my house, because my parents had to park me somewhere when they went to work. My mom had fixed hours while my dad was in business. I skipped school whenever my dad didn't have business to attend to, which now seemed like a lot of days, as his business tanked.

I got beaten up almost daily

I don't know why my brother, four years older, hated me and would physically assault me almost every day. Every morning, I would cry and beg my dad not to leave for work, because my mom already left at 7+am. I remember this one time my dad gave me 20 cents to appease me. The coin fell out of my pocket when my brother hit me and I got it worse from him, because I was richer than him by 20 cents. Besides physical assault, I had to serve him like I was a slave. I can't remember now how long it went on and under what circumstances this bullying stopped, but it eventually did.

Black big toe & mole removal

This is a vivid memory as I carried this black big toe for months. I was standing on the rail of our house gate playing with my siblings when my brother, in full force, pushed the gate (with me on it). I was stupid and didn't react fast enough by hopping down. So, the gate banged on the wing wall at the end of our driveway, along with my toe. It took months for the blue-black to dissipate. I can't remember now if I lost my nail but it's all good now. And then there was the time when he used a nail clipper to remove my mole near my navel. It was super painful for months until the injury healed, with the mole still intact. Years later, I got it removed by a plastic surgeon.

I got my ears snipped

My dad was the one who cut my hair when I was a kid, not because he liked to or had the flair for it. It was just to save money, so I had this boyish coconut head when I was growing up that people thought I was a boy. I remember getting my ears accidentally snipped as my hair was being cut, and it happened more than once. Luckily I don't have disfigured ears now.

I almost went bald

I can't remember if it was during my kindergarten or primary school that I contracted head lice from some other pupil. My dad took me to the barber and told him to shave my head. The barber asked why the need to shave my hair off. My dad said it's because of the lice. Barber took pity on me and forewent the business, telling my dad that we could just purchase a head lice solution from the shop and it can be easily settled. So, off we went home, stopping at the shop for the head lice solution.

Chased by rooster

I have a phobia of roosters. When I was a child, my dad had a pet rooster, not for consumption. Somehow, this bird loved chasing me. I was just a kid, short and couldn't outrun it. Worse, this rooster could fly. Sometimes, when it flew over to my neighbor's house across the hedge fencing, I was forced to go over to catch it back. I don't even remember if it had a name or what happened to it later because we don't have it anymore, but until today, I still fear roosters and in general, any animal that has a beak.

I dreamt of pooping

And I did it literally, in bed, in the middle of the night. I was just a kid, so not big poo, but what is known as "goat shit", small round ones. I'd wake up and then change my pajama pants, carefully wrapping the one I wore earlier with all the pebble poo and placed everything in the laundry basket. I have no idea why I didn't flush the shit down the toilet first, but my mom got an unpleasant surprise in the morning while sorting out the clothes to be washed. Hahahahaha if I remember correctly, it happened not once but twice. *facepalm*

I refused to go to school

I shared this before in my banana article. I was enrolled in a Chinese-language school but I refused to go to school for a week until my parents gave up and transferred me to a co-ed school. On my first day as we finished school, I was running toward my dad who came to collect me, and tripped. I'm not sure if I fell by myself or was pushed, but my dad said that the environment was too rough and moved me to another school, an all-girls Convent school. With my parents giving up rather than persisting, my entire being changed because studying in a Chinese school (1st one), a Malay school (2nd one), or an English school (3rd one) differently shapes a person's mindset and way of thinking.

In Would I Rather This / That, one of the questions posed was "Would you rather be able to change your past or be able to change your future?"No matter how f@arked up my life was growing up, I wouldn't want to change anything. The past is the past and it's time to make my own future.

Tagging @NosCha for this challenge.

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Oh my lord you had a terrible brother!!! Is he still mean to you now? Ugh mean siblings are the worst. Even you dad seems very practical. Imagine almost going bald. ๐Ÿ˜† Seems like you had a rough childhood. But hey such is life huh?

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Still mean but not physically. Well, I've learned to close both eyes and ears and just do my thing. LOL

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Awww, hehe.

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wooohhh.. Why was he doing that.. He's bad for me Em..๐Ÿ™ But I just hoped that you never hated your brother too much Em. I hoped you get along.โ˜บ๏ธ

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We get along OK now. Civil, because I basically don't want to make life difficult for our parents, so I just "close both eyes", so to speak.

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Hello, Em. Your childhood seems traumatic especially the one when you said you got your ears snipped. I can't imagine the pain you felt that time. Such a strong kid.

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Thanks, Marinov. It was really crazy and didn't happen just once!

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Interesting childhood you got there. My grandfather would give us haircuts when we were kids. It was badly done for it would be unevenly cut. He would use a scissor that is not sharp enough which would pull some of hairs instead of cutting it. I would end up having cuts here and there but as a kid I didn't mind all that. I am proud of what my grandfather had done.

I do have a friend chased by a chicken when she was a kid and until now she is afraid of feathers :D She would freak out about chickens and birds.

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Haha whether in Malaysia or the Philippines, children are like experiments of elders.

Yea, I can definitely relate to your friend's phobia. Chickens are only good for eating, not as pets.

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True! Chicken is one of her favorites lol! I guess she is channeling all her hate to the fact that she is eating them :D Savage :D

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Is not he is your own brother? If so then why? Well, we have fought too with each brother but not like that

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I also don't know why. haha! Well, it's over.

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Maybe he took this as entertainment

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haha... poor me was like a toy. LOL

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Hahaha that rooster! Tsk tsk and you had me laughing with the surprise you have for your mom! And older brothers! Sheesh ๐Ÿ™„ our first taste of bullying hahaha..

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Hahah I have no idea now why I just wrapped up like that and not flush it first. I think all moms have similar stories to share!!

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Whoa, your brother's a bully :D I hope he's good to you now though :D And that rooster haha, I can imagine a lil girl running away from it but still flying over :D

And I can relate with you when you said you don't have vivid memories of your childhood, coz I do too. There are fragments but nothing much. Sometimes I had to ask my sisters or my mom of how I was like then :)

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We're OK now.. civil, but not buddy-buddy. LOL It's said that we must keep our friends close, but enemies closer. hahahaha!!

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haha, okay. You bet, you have to keep him close :D

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What is Hokkien? The chases by rooster ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ I had that too.

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Hokkien is a dialect, like Cantonese is also a dialect. Mandarin is the language. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hokkien

It's also spoken in some provinces in China and Taiwan. Wikipedia says in the Philippines also.

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Pooing on the body. Lol, almost everyone did that. Siblings rivalry is something ooo. But there God you broke free.

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Yeah, it's all in the past already. Thank god I survived.

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So you are even more multilingual Emily! Oh dear I can imagine the rooster going after you, and your brother darn he was a bully. Hope your ears didn't suffer too much and your poor hair.

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Hahaha Ed, my childhood was f@rked up but not as bad as sexual abuse victims. Phew.. thankful for small mercies.

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Yes I am agreeing with that !

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You had a very interesting childhood, a lot of good and bad, pooping was the best moment :)

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Haha that was funny. I dreamt that I was pooping but I actually did it. ๐Ÿ˜…

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Wow you speak other languages

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Hey Jaytee, only English, Malay and Cantonese. I've forgotten Hokkien.

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Hello Emily. your dream back then is one of a kind. ๐Ÿ˜…

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hahaha that was crazy!!!

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You are a multilingual. That's cool. Hope you can learn about that dialect again. Sad to hear that your brother hurt you physically though. Me and my brothers also fought each other back then but it is more of a joke or a game, sometimes a serious physical fight but it stopped now that we're adults already.

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Hahaha it's all in the past for me already too. I've moved on. I can speak 2 languages and 1 dialect only. Malaysians can generally speak 3... some ven 6 or 7 languages and dialects! haha

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Same here in the Philippines. Mostly we can speak 2 languages (English and Tagalog) and 1 dialect... just like me.

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You have a very good memory. No easy feat being able to remember so many of your childhood moments. I squirmed while reading Raymond Reddington, err, I mean your brother torturing you. Yikes!

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These have been imprinted in my mind, shitty as they are. LOL

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While it doesn't seems good growing up with such experience, it is what made you today. Strong and resilience.

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Thanks, NosCha! You're so kind.

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The chasing of a rooster is very scary but at the same time funny. haha. But i was saddened that you have a phobia about that

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Hahaha now I'm still scared but not as food. Just eat them!

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haha. eat them. that's the best thing to do. haha.

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HAHAHA. Your pooping incident was the funniest. I don't think I pooped before. I did pee, though, even when I was probably in 5th grade. LOL.

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Hahaha I remember popping twice. Oh my goodness. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

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Your brother must be that wicked to keep assaulting everytime like that and treating you as you aren't his sister. Didn't you complain to Dad then?

My younger sister also had lice on her hair and we were forced to Barb it for her just last month because according to her, it gives her sleepless nights.

I am sure mom would be irritated seeing the poo being packed in the laundry basket ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

So funny though but now we all have passed through the childhood stage and now are adult.

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hahaha yeah, we can all laugh about these stuff now. There was no point complaining as I'd just get it worse the next day. We now have a civil relationship.

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