Embarrassing Childhood Stories | Chat While I Clean

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQCx3aWUVEE&t=14s I meant to have this video up last night, but it's been sort of a hard week. Today I half-heartedly clean a shelf while I tell you embarrassing stories from my childhood. I'll tell you about the time I joined the fifth-grade band and ruined everything, as well as about the time that same …

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Letters to Myself: Sharing My Decade Old Time Capsule

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=442E74Wdmw8&feature=youtu.be Thanks for stopping by! My name is Allyson. I am a recent college graduate, a writer and a traveler with stories to share. In this video, I read letters I wrote to my future self as an 11-year old, a 13-year-old and an 18-year-old and share some perspective I have gained over the years. …

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What My First Pet Taught Me About Death

My parents bought my first dog on the spur of the moment and named her after a license plate. Her name was Zoe, like the last three letters of our license plate, Z-O-E, not Zoey or Zöe as I corrected teachers who circled my spelling with red circles through school. I loved Zoe. We were almost exactly …

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The Witch’s Child, Wicked and Wonderful

Bedtime Stories Lilian Moore "Tell me a story," Says Witch's Child. "About the Beast So fierce and wild. About a ghost That shrieks and groans. A skeleton That rattles bones. About a Monster Crawly-creepy. Something nice To make me sleepy."     This is my mother's favorite poem. She seemed to recite it constantly when …

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In Fourth Grade I Wrote My Mother the Creepiest Letter

We've been through this, I was a weird kid. Sometimes I think to myself--man, I couldn't have been that weird. Surely I misremember the past to some degree. I mean, look at her, she's harmless. What's a penchant for horrific masks among friends? From the time I waffle-stomped dog shit down the bathroom drain, thereby …

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How to Behead a Barbie with a Spoon and Other Life Lessons From Grandma

For the first six or so years of my life, my feet never touched the ground when I was with Margaret. We flew on her broomstick, in my mind, as she carried me around on her back. My mother sometimes had to remind my grandmother that my legs were in perfectly functional order and I …

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The Time I Learned German and Ruined the Fifth Grade Christmas Concert

At some point I should have stopped joining extracurricular activities. My track record as a member of fifth grade left much to desire. From the time I joined band and ruined everything to the dog poop incident of fifth grade that caused a bio-hazard and shut down my school, my prospects of ever being cool …

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