What I Don’t Remember From My Childhood
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What I Don’t Remember From My Childhood

Who knew how many things have changed?

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What I Don’t Remember From My Childhood
Talia Schuyler

Recently, I found myself looking through the old artifacts of my childhood, including notebooks and drawings that my parents set aside to remind me of a time when I was cute and irrational. Along with the usual findings, such as my lack of transition sentences and artistic originality, I also found that over the past 14 years or so, I have forgotten my young outlook on life, knowledge, and life of the early 2000s.

First, I have forgotten how lambs in the early 2000s were often used as a symbol of handsomeness, and the act of comparing your father to one could be seen as a sign of great respect and love.

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Next, I seem to have a hard time remembering how similar I looked to rap artist and all around thug, Gucci Mane.

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It’s easy to believe that all children (including myself as a child) have little to no knowledge pertaining to literature or pop culture, but my early writings seem to prove that I had a deep understanding and connection to the famous Ecclesiastes 3, which speaks of how “to everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven”. You may recognize this passage from the court scene in “Footloose” or from the 60’s song, “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by the Byrds.

I like school beacuse (because) there’s a time to play.

I like school beacuse (because) there’s a time to be silly.

There’s a time to eat candy at April.

I like school because I like to learn.

Like we’re whales.

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A lot has changed since 2004. Most notably: the release of Netflix, the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the stock market crash of 2008, and the release of Sufjan Steven’s “Illinois” album. However a large change that I have overlooked, is how the word “vacation” was once spelled.

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Animal related art has had a long streak of appearing realistic. However, it seems that in my youth animals were often depicted as much more round and human-like than the animal art of the past hundreds of years. Below is a drawing that I created in 2006 portraying “Business Bunny and Construction Beaver.” Contrast this with the picture below it, showing the 1889 depiction of rabbits and beavers by Schubert.

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Along with forgetting my involvement in the round drawing style revolution, I carry no recollection of my photographic savvy, including my ability to masterfully capture obscure shadow people.

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Lastly, I had forgotten how little I knew of my parents’ lives outside of their care for me. This is revealed in how the only skill I seem to remember them having is the ability to make dinner. I suppose young children just don’t notice the hobbies, skills, or master degrees of their parents.

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