childhood
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In an Old House in Helsinki That Was Covered With Vines, Lived Four Little Girls in One Straight Line

"The general feeling in the series is very light and happy so I sometimes forget that my initial feeling when starting to make the images was quite sad. I thought the images would speak of letting go, losing moments and even people in time, nostalgia, etc. There are only a few images (like grandad, where in the latter image there is a person missing) that actually seem to bear this sadness." —Finnish photographer Wilma Hurskainen recreates photographs of herself and her three sisters.

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No Real Children Were Harmed in the Making of This Photo-Essay

She was a child Juggalette.

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Foggy Memories

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Mostly-Quashed Childhood Fears Reawakened by the Vampire Bat Fatality

1. Getting your baby toe severed by the car door when your sister slams it. 2. Being left behind at a gas station because you didn't want to get back in the car, eventually becoming a less-self-sufficient Maniac Magee. 3. Earwigs colonizing your brain with their eggs because you didn't wear a hat like your mom said. 4. Being throttled by your dad's "phantom hand," which is occasionally possessed by the spirit of a dead murderer. 5. The red fiery bull-creature from "The Last Unicorn" coming to push you into the ocean. 6. No one buying your "I have a stomach ache" excuse for needing your dad to pick [...]

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Your Own Personal Mean Girls

Over on our EPIC "Back to School Clothes" thread, a handful of us were having full-body flashbacks to the pre-teen sociopaths who attempted to ruin and destroy us. And, you know, probably they're nice people now like everyone else, just driven mad by a potent cocktail of new-bitch-hormones and bad-home-lives and hair-spray-related-lung-conditions, but that doesn't mean we can't call 'em out here.

I had "Deanna":

This tween girl juicebox made my life a living hell in seventh grade because I found a pair of used Nikes with multi-colored laces IN A BIN OF DONATED CLOTHES, and apparently "I thought I was cool now, but I wasn't."