John Marsden Writing Topic #467
As a child, what things were you told (by adults) that you later found were untrue? How do you feel about those deceptions now?**
-School (years) are the best years of your life
-Garlic bread crusts makes your hair curly
-You have to wait half an hour after eating before you can go swimming
In regards to my feelings towards these ‘deceptions’ as an adult, the school deception is kind of depressing, especially if that’s how people felt about their lives. The garlic bread crusts deception disappointed me as I was a kid when I discovered this was untrue and I had dead straight hair. The swimming deception surprised me as the ‘rule’ of waiting half an hour after eating to go swimming always confused me.
**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.