timeline 0-5March 11, 2008
This concept has been floating around the blogosphere for quite some time now. I first heard about it in Maggie Mason‘s book “No One Cares What You Had For Lunch” and recently was reminded about it by Nothing But Bonfires‘s great series.
Age 0: I am born at home, joining my 2 1/2 year old brother, I have a plaster of copper curls, he is immediately jealous.
UPDATE: After talking to my mom I should note that I was actually born at Lancaster General Hospital, not at home. I am not entirely sure how I got the idea I was, but my Mom did say that she was able to give birth to me in a birth suite as opposed to the regular delivery room where she had Tim. But the part about the curls is entirely accurate, although I should note that Tim was more jealous of my existence than that of my hair, at least I assume so 🙂
Age 1: I spend much of my time toddling after said brother and eating baby food. Far away in Illinois my future roommate, who also had red hair, is born.
Age 2: My parents bring home a rather cute lump in a blanket, they name him and decide to keep him. I am thrilled.
Age 3: I begin to lose the red in my hair as blonde takes over for good. My older brother starts leaving the house for long chunks of time. A temporarily peace reigns over the household.
Age 4: I start to be interested in where my brother goes during those long away times and decide I want to go too. Unfortunately, due to my late birthday I am denied the pleasure another year. To make up for this, I request homework from my parents and my Dad makes me worksheets to complete. Hence I begin my career as a school nerd.
Age 5: During my long wait for kindergarten my mother plans amazing alphabetical field trips to places such as Anderson’s Pretzels, an Egg Farm, and the Library. After each trip, she designs a page for my scrapbook. I of course fail to realize how amazing this all is until much later.