Favorite childhood toy?
A “child size” doll my grandmother named Calliope
Favorite childhood game?
Hungry Hungry Hippo
Favorite childhood candy/cereal/treat?
Whatchamacallit candy bar
What of your interests, preferences, obsessions (movies, TV, toys, food, clothing, etc.) might be considered childlike or childish? Why do you love this stuff?
My huband and I ride our vintage bicycles almost every evening. Sometimes we play video games until 2am. We also own a variety if kids movies (Shrek, Monster’s Inc, Finding Nemo, The Muppet Movie, Marry Poppins, Muppet show episodes, etc) and we don’t yet have children. While I tell myself I am purchasing them for my future family, let’s be honest…
Did you have these interests as a kid? Were they developed as an adult, were they denied to you as a kid?
I was truly raised by television as a kid, so as an adult I have retaliated by not having a television (although we do
occasionally watch DVDs… see above). My subsequent father was a combo of Alan Alda and Robert Guillaume and my primary mother was Mrs. Roper (what was her name?). Therefore my child-like endeavors now tend to be a
type of rescue/recovery for my lost inner child. I only recently went to Disneyland for the first time and have finally managed to reclaim a part of my lost-child and playful spirit. Mr. Toad’s wild ride is a blast!
Ever feel any stigma from colleagues/parents/friends about childlike tastes or mindsets?
No. Overall it seems that like attracts like. Recently some of my best friends (a married couple) lost several days to their recently acquired addiction to Guitar Hero. While my husband and his best friend of 20 years sneak off to play disc-golf or video games whenever they can.
Are you a grown-up? If so, when did you become one? If not, when will you become one?
I was fully grown up by the age of 14 (my mother would tell you by age 4). My love of the rejuvenile is an opportunity to finally have some of the experiences that I missed out on by being forced to grow-up too quickly. Ultimately, my own “rejuvenilation” process has helped me to become a happier, healthier and more well-rounded adult.