Childhood memories

Yesterday’s Bizarro, with a poignant reflection on the memories of childhood:

As I regularly point out, memory is a fragile and often untrustworthy thing. No doubt, many adults do in fact recall their childhoods as being more fun than they thought at the time. In fact, adults treat childhood as a period of their life, while kids don’t necessarily think of themselves as in the midst of a period of their lives.

Kids do distinguish the ages of people, with everyday vocabulary to match their conceptual categories: babies, little kids, kids, teenagers, grown-ups. And there are rites of passage for some of the transitions from one status to another. But rarely do you hear kids reifying the periods rather than the statuses. Thinking of childhood as a period of life is an adult thing: the kid in the cartoon is talking like an adult, it seems to me.

(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Don Piraro says there are 3 in this strip — see this Page.)

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