25 Things you probably don’t know about me in my youth.

I thought it would be fun to just share some things you may not know about me in my youth.  This was a fun list to write and I laughed out loud at myself more than once. So, here you go, 25 things about me in my youth. No judging:

25 things you probably didn't know about me in my youth.

How I became the woman I am today.

25 Things About Me in My Youth.

  1. As a child I met the first Ronald McDonald clown. Somewhere there is an awkward photo of me at about 3 years old, standing in front of my dads office w/ Ronald McDonald. It was a bewildering experience.
  2. While we were driving down the road, my cousin once rolled my head up in the new vehicle technology that was the automatic window. It was absolutely terrifying, as I had one arm out the window as well. He thought it was hysterical.
  3. I grew up on a farm. I know how drive a tractor, bale hay, string barbed wire, castrate hogs, hunt and fish.(And the stories here deserve a list all their own.)
  4. I wanted to be a veterinarian for YEARS- until I found out how much school I’d actually need to BE a veterinarian.
  5. When I was 10, I was mistaken for a boy (thank you Dorothy Hamill haircut). I also had a strong vocabulary of profanity that I had learned from my dad. After being caught swearing by my sister, my mom was disciplining me and asked where I had heard such language. “School”, I lied. Had she met dad?
  6. When I was 11 I was showing hogs for 4-H. I was winning blue ribbons and basking in all the fame and glory that IS hog competition when I was again mistaken for a boy. *This was a turning point in my life and somewhere in the next 2 years, I discovered fashion and makeup and I never looked back.*
  7. Most of my growing up years, when not on the farm, I could be found in ballet and dance classes. My mom sent me to Charm School and I felt I had found my true self.
  8. I was in a fashion show in high school and came in second. The winner got to be on a magazine cover. Ever the gracious loser, I was confident that the entire contest was rigged and that the judges would lament their choice for the rest of their lives.
  9. I once successfully blocked 3 lanes of traffic while trying to make a turn in my parents Lincoln Town car.
  10. I traveled overseas when I was 15 and while in Israel, was proposed to by a boy on a donkey. After the translator explained I eloquently replied, “Nah.”
  11. I chose to take a failing grade in Physical Education due to the hideous uniforms they insisted upon us wearing. Looking back- I stand solidly by that decision.
  12. As soon as I could drive, I would drive to our very “old south” country club in the summer and lay out by the pool. We had a pool at home but people didn’t bring you food. Pool food- it all felt so posh.
  13. In high school, I once (or twice) caused our entire carpool (which I was driving) to be late for school because I had to stop at the tanning bed. I realize now, this was wrong. (Tanning beds are bad.)
  14. In spite of number 1. above, I never ate at a fast food restaurant until I went to college. My dad owned a restaurant and told me horror stories about fast food places.
  15. I had so many unpaid parking tickets in college that when my dad came to pay them, they had a special file cabinet just to hold mine. (I honestly didn’t think there were copies- it was a small school- so I would just throw them away as I got them.) No WAY was I ruining my good shoes walking all that way. Still sorry, dad.
  16. In high school I landed my first job that wasn’t working for my family. It was in a small, upscale clothing boutique.I spent my entire first paycheck on the most perfect pair of Ray Bans ever. I then immediately opened a charge account and ended up charging more than I was making. Sorry again, dad.(I had a bangin’ wardrobe for my first year of college, though.)
  17. In spite of all of my teachers best efforts, I did not learn to calculate percentage until I got my first lay-a-way account. Got $5? No Melissa- You’ve got $50!!
  18. In college, when my parents came to visit. They saw that I had covered my entire desk in pink contact paper and had transformed it into a truly amazing, luxe vanity! I remember my dad saying, ” You DO know what that is actually for, right?”
  19. In college, I was invited to be a nanny for 6 months in France. I turned it down. To this day I have no idea why.
  20. I went on a missions trip in college and ignored the packing regulations. Subsequently, a very nice German boy carried my giant suitcase, strapped to his back, through 3 countries. Norbert, I remain forever in your debt.
  21. In college, I once voluntarily threw myself down a flight of stairs to avoid ripping a lovely, long, pleated Jones New York skirt that my heel was caught in.
  22. I once broke up with a boy in high school because his legs were skinny and summer was coming. I realize now, this was wrong. (I guess)
  23. I once dated brothers in the same year.  I realize now, this was wrong.
  24. I once dated roommates in the same year.  I realize now, this was wrong.
  25. I broke up with a boy in college because he had coffee breath. I realize now- no- that was definitely the right thing.

There you are! A snapshot of my formative years. This was actually a super fun list to write. Of course I could write SO much more that happened after my youth. It seems my penchant for an unusual life of juxtapositions carries on to this day.

Do any of these resonate with you? Did any of them surprise you or make you laugh?

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Thanks so much for sharing!


  1. July 15, 2017 / 11:22 am

    Yes Melissa…… #16 was ALL ME TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Really cute blog you have going here!!!!!!!!! XOXOXO

    • melissa
      July 15, 2017 / 3:22 pm

      Shauna, Thanks so much. Good times, no? I had my Ray Bans for YEARS!! And I love that when I look back at old pictures, I’m like, “Damn those were good lookin’ sunglasses.” LOL!Thanks so much for reading and for your comment!

  2. July 15, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    It is so funny, you are the age of my daughter and she had a Dorothy Hamill also. lol And she still says it made her look like a boy. Yes your list made me laugh, I wasn’t raised on a farm but am very familiar with most of these things.

    • melissa
      July 15, 2017 / 3:20 pm

      Ha! Thanks Victoria- and my sympathies to your daughter…..the Dorothy Hamill was no easy grow out! Glad it gave you a chuckle!

    • melissa
      July 15, 2017 / 3:43 pm

      Ha! Ha! Right Cheryl?! It was a fun post to write- and it really IS so fun to look back and pull out the funny parts! Thanks so much!

    • melissa
      July 15, 2017 / 3:57 pm

      Thank you Laurie! Glad you got a chuckle-
      it’s fun to look back sometimes! It’s good to know someone else had a long suffering father!

  3. Carrie
    July 15, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    Great Post very funny yes Dorothy Hamill haircut not a shining moment for me either.??

  4. July 16, 2017 / 2:05 am

    Hahaha, you are so funny! This was a delight to read!

    • melissa
      July 17, 2017 / 9:05 am

      Thanks Nancy! Its super fun to look back sometimes. I enjoy writing these kind of posts. When I was going through those things I didn’t think one thing of them- but looking back I realize how odd and hilarious they were. I gotta be me, I guess. LOL!

  5. July 16, 2017 / 5:41 am

    Love this post! I broke up with a guy in night school because he spritzed his sore throat in the library while we were studying together. The embarrassment was just too much. He didn’t seem to understand…

    • melissa
      July 17, 2017 / 9:03 am

      Bwahahaha! Right?! When you know-you know! Its funny the things that we are just like- “Oh gawd no- I just CAN’T”. And I was always a firm believer in not dragging things on. SO funny!

    • melissa
      July 17, 2017 / 2:36 pm

      Thanks Patti! And thanks for the link-up!

    • melissa
      July 17, 2017 / 2:34 pm

      Thanks Kimberly! Glad that you got a chuckle- it’s fun to look back at all the dumb stuff we’ve done……once we are at a sufficient distance, lol!

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