WBEZ | childhood http://www.wbez.org/tags/childhood Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Small wonders http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/small-wonders-104730 <p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.2947838980291547">On Friday, while perusing Facebook, I saw that my friend </span><a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2010/08/1_what_was_the_last.php">Bex Schwartz</a> had posted this photo from her childhood with the caption &ldquo;This photo from when I was three explains a lot:&rdquo;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Bex.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Something about that photo rang a bell for me. It wasn&rsquo;t the bangs or the couch or the baby brother (although those were recognizable to me, too). It was those Underoos. Was it possible that I wore the same underpants as did a friend of mine (whom I&rsquo;ve never met in person) and who lives 800 miles away? I did a little search through my parents&rsquo; slides on Flickr and realized that I too was rocking Wonder Woman Underoos in my youth:</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Screen%20Shot%202013-01-06%20at%203.54.19%20PM.png" title="" /></div><p>I&rsquo;d all but forgotten about those Underoos. What a funny coincidence. Was it possible that Bex and I were just sisters from another mister, or were there more of us secret Wonder Women from across the country? We put out a call on Facebook and Twitter and quickly found that we were not alone:</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Carrie.jpg" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Deb.jpg" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/JenStacey.jpg" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Nellie.jpg" title="" /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Rusty.jpg" title="" /></div></div><p><em>Thanks to Carrie, Deb, Jen and Stacey, Nellie and Rusty for those pics.</em><br /><br />Obviously, something about those superheroine-themed underpants must have been meaningful to all of us girls, or else we wouldn&rsquo;t have posed for photos in them. Look at how proud we all are, as we should have been, because we were incredibly awesome. Little did our parents know when buying us those red, blue and gold undergarments that they were raising a secret generation of incognito superhero girls. (Or maybe they did!) I had all but forgotten that I was once Wonder Woman. But now I&rsquo;m glad that I was, and that I was not alone.<br /><br />We want to find more of you out there. Bex and I have started a Tumblr called <a href="http://smallwonderoos.tumblr.com/">Small Wonderoos</a> collecting these old photos. If you are a member of the sisterhood, please check us out and <a href="http://smallwonderoos.tumblr.com/submit">submit your own</a>. And think about how wonderful we all are.</p></p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 09:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/small-wonders-104730 List: Names of my brother Jack's seven imaginary friends from his childhood http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-10/list-names-my-brother-jacks-seven-imaginary-friends-his-childhood-103134 <p><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP95103101809.jpg" style="height: 362px; width: 620px; " title="(AP)" /></div></div><ol><li>Jack</li><li>Jack</li><li>Jack</li><li>Jack</li><li>Jack</li><li>Jack</li><li>Seven</li></ol><p><em>Meanwhile, we are still rounding up unflattering baby photos. Check out what I&#39;m talking about and submit yours <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-10/ugly-pictures-cute-babies-part-1-103014">here</a>!</em></p></p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-10/list-names-my-brother-jacks-seven-imaginary-friends-his-childhood-103134 Clever Apes #23: First memories http://www.wbez.org/blog/clever-apes/2011-12-13/clever-apes-23-first-memories-94877 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-December/2011-12-13/Gabe trike for web.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="Each time we recall a childhood memory, we're rewriting it. (WBEZ/Gabriel Spitze" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-13/Gabe trike for web SMALL.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 442px; float: left; margin: 10px;" title="Each time we recall a childhood memory, we're rewriting it. (WBEZ/Gabriel Spitzer)">I’m sitting at a picnic table in our screened-in porch. It’s my third birthday party, and I’m opening presents. I unwrap a Tonka truck, and drop to the floor to start playing with it.</p><p>That’s been my earliest memory ever since I can, well, remember. But as the years wore on, something weird started happening. I started to feel less attached to the person in that memory. Now, I feel like I’m seeing the memory through someone else’s eyes, watching myself push that truck on the green astroturf carpet. I’m not even sure it’s a real memory anymore.</p><p>This has been on my mind because my own son recently had his third birthday. It got me wondering what his first memory will be, and more broadly, what is the nature of early memories? How reliable might they be, and how important to the construction of our identities?</p><p>On the latest installment of Clever Apes, we dig into what science has to say about early memory. Young kids actually have lots of memories that don’t make it into long-term storage. The phenomenon, called <a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-child-in-time/201012/the-shifting-boundary-childhood-amnesia">“childhood amnesia,” </a>is not very well understood. But it seems to have something to do with the lens through which we see the world, and how it changes from early childhood (say, age three) to the more verbal period starting around age five or six. It’s tough to bridge that divide, and that may explain why I’m having a hard time connecting with my three-year old self.</p><p>And there’s another reason: memories are made from networks of neurons in our brains. That wiring gets used for lots of things, and so with each new memory, the networks change a little. When we remember something, we effectively rewrite it. That means that in some sense, each time we reflect on a memory, we’re putting a little more distance between ourselves and the actual event. Recent research suggests we’re even doing this in our sleep.</p><p>It’s enough to give a fellow a dose of existential distress. But there’s an upside too: A Chicago researcher has demonstrated <a href="http://www.luc.edu/childrensmemory/elaborative_conversation.shtml">ways that parents can reinforce and help solidify a child’s memories. </a>If you listen to the show, you can hear me trying this out on my son, Ezra. I bribed him with M&amp;Ms to get him to sit still.</p><p>Watch this space in the next day or so for a collection of first memories from our colleagues here at WBEZ. You can also get it via <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/CleverApesPodcast">podcast</a>. We’re on <a href="http://twitter.com/cleverapes">Twitter </a>and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Clever-Apes-on-WBEZ/118246851551412">Facebook</a>, too.</p></p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 23:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/clever-apes/2011-12-13/clever-apes-23-first-memories-94877