Things I Used To Know

Things I Used to Know

January 27, 2015

By Jane Tawel

Things I Used To Know:

I used to know:

  • My natural hair color
  • What most abbreviations meant
  • What I wanted to do when I grew up
  • That you could always bring a peanut butter sandwich to school.

I used to know:

  • The rules. And that if you tell people the rules, they will follow them. This included rules for driving, rules for classrooms, rules for pro-sports and rules for relationships.
  • There is only one way to be baptized for it to stick.
  • That nudity is only in X-rated movies
  • What time the news was on

I used to know:

  • That yoga is only for actors and Hindus
  • That there are no Hindus in America
  • That tattoos are for sailors
  • That if there is an old person, a pregnant person or a disabled person and you are a polite person, a kind person or just a normal person, you will give that old person, pregnant person or disabled person your seat.

I used to know:

  • That you could only run for president if you were a white man.
  • That sunburns looked cute.
  • That boys only married girls.

I used to know:

  • A lot of telephone numbers by heart.
  • That every thing was closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter.
  • That a net was for tennis.
  • That app was a typo for a type of monkey.
  • That God was there to keep you from going to hell.
  • That hell was somewhere else.

I used to know:

  • How to roller skate backwards
  • Who lived in every house on my block
  • The words to Don McLean’s “American Pie”
  • When to stop eating because I wasn’t hungry any more.

I used to know:

  • To always carry quarters in my car
  • How to drive a stick shift
  • The difference between a trout and a bass
  • Every TV show on all four stations at 8:00 pm Thursday night
  • The call letters for all three radio stations

I used to know:

  • No one who had ever been on television
  • How to count back change from a twenty
  • French
  • Where to buy a half slip
  • Where my children were at midnight

I used to know:

  • That the best starting line up in the world was: Danny Ainge, Larry Bird, Dennis Johnson, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish.
  • What season you can get what fruits and vegetables
  • Why I was crying
  • Why I was laughing
  • That salt and spice don’t taste good when mixed with chocolate
  • That the pain would eventually go away
  • That there was nothing scary out there in the dark
  • That you never have to go it alone
  • That you have to share things like phones, hugs, TV’s, pizzas, feelings, warning signs, back car seats, front car seats, ideas, responsibility, guilt, wisdom, our planet, food, love.

But I know:

  • That I never want to say “Now You’re Just Somebody That I Used to Know”
  • That God knows my name
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • That you never know what tomorrow will bring
  • That Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen
  • I should’ve known better
  • To know you is to love you
  • Know your friends, know your enemies better
  • I Wanna Know What Love Is
  • I know I know so little.
  • I know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of his pasture. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

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Jane Tawel

Still not old enough to know better. I root around and explore ideas in philosophy, spirituality, poetry, Judeo-Christian Worldview, family, relationships, and art. Often torn between encouragement & self-directed chastisement, I may sputter, but I still keep trying to move forward.

4 thoughts on “Things I Used To Know”

  1. I like this. I would press the little star but I don’t know if I have a WordPress account or not, if I do then I used to know but I don’t know if I used to know. I’ll shut up now… 🙂


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