I was quite a loner, as a child.
Early in life, I had a preference for playing by myself, instead of seeking the company of other kids. I knew how to entertain myself, and reading and writing soon became my favorite hobbies.
I was a geeky little girl. I liked spending time at the local library much more than at the mall, to do some shopping.
A good proof of that is the gift Mom and Dad gave me for my ninth birthday.
How many children would get excited over a dictionary nowadays? Even back then, I am pretty sure the latest edition of the Larousse dictionary wasn’t in the top ten list of dream gifts for the kids in my neighbourhood. Or elsewhere.
I think you can tell by the worn out cover, that my dictionary didn’t spend much time on a shelf. I loved going through it, randomly, looking for weird and uncommon words. I checked out the spelling and definition of every new word I came across at school, or while watching tv.
But what I loved the most, was the mid-section, written on soft pink paper. The proverbs’ section, with all the classic sayings, and the short explanation of what they meant.
If you look closely, you’ll see that I even checked some of the proverbs listed. I don’t quite remember what these had that was so special to me back then, but I recall spending a lot of time sitting on my bed, going through the pink pages.
I don’t know why I am posting this today.
Maybe there’s a little nostalgia in the air. Thinking about the unpopular little girl that spent most of her time by herself, or in adult company… She had a great childhood, but she felt different and cast away from all the popular kids.
Still, looking back now, I think she was pretty cool in her own way. A young knowledge sponge, an early word-lover.
Yeah… Nah. Not entertaining in any way.
Sorry about that!
The fact is that I thought about all of this after hearing someone say one of these expressions I learnt as a child.
Avec des amis pareils, pas besoin d’ennemis!
Literally ”With friends like this, no need for enemies!” Referring to people we consider friends, but who are toxic to us.
After all the years, the absurdity hit me. Who needs enemies? Really?
But again, sorry, this is not interesting in any way… Just a couple of thoughts, some souvenirs of my long lost childhood. A bit of nostalgia that neded to be thrown on virtual paper.
And now, back to our regular programs!