My colleague’s two-year old has an extreme obsession with trains. As in, he plays choo-choo train non-stop and they occasionally have to take field trips to the nearby Metro station to watch the trains go by.
This kicked off a conversation about the stuff we were obsessed with as kids. There were your normal things—GI Joes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, He-Man (I LOVED that cartoon). But eventually this gave way to the less popular obsessions. Like an extreme fascination with construction equipment.
In the early years, my obsessions included:
- Carebears (I still have them all at my parents house)
- Rainbow Bright
- My mom’s Barbies (from the 60s)
- Outerspace (so you can imagine the poor timing of this, which happened on my fourth birthday)
- Tree climbing
Later, these obsessions expanded to include:
- Boxelder bugs
- Secret passageways
- The color black (for part of third grade, I dressed entirely in black.)
- The Amish (Facebook friends recall the recent discovery of my home movie, “The Amish Transvestite,” which I made with my best friend when we were about 12)
- Rare and life-altering medical conditions (see Lurlene McDaniels)
- Leaving the house when the clock was on an even number
I’ve outgrown most of this stuff (still obsessed with secret passageways and outerspace), but I still can’t understand how my parents look at me as a sane and rational adult after living with me as a child. Strangely, it makes me excited to think about what little personalities D and I have in our future.
So. What stuff were you obsessed with as a kid?
And while were talking about kid stuff, I loved this kids’ choir performance of Jonathan Coulton’s “Still Alive.”
* My early obsession with dinosaurs led me to enroll in “The Age of Dinosaurs” at the University of Iowa. It ended up being a class about biology and focused largely on plants. I ended up dropping the class. Because of that, I ended up having to take a summer course in earth science, which I actually kind of enjoyed. Honestly, if I could do college all over again, I’d take a lot more summer courses. A condensed schedule, smaller classes and a more laid back environment. And being on campus when everyone else was back home for the summer was really enjoyable for reasons I can’t totally explain.
Wow, did I digress.