Mom Lied About My Birthday

In 1979, we moved from Mannheim, Germany, to Columbus, Georgia.  The cutoff date for starting school was different in Georgia.  According to the school rules, I was not old enough to start first grade and had to repeat kindergarten.

Mom disagreed with that policy, so she decided to lie about my age.  She told the administrators she didn’t have all the documents they requested, due to the move and would bring them later.  Since the school was located near a military base, this was a reasonable story and not uncommon.

Several months went by and I was sitting in class.  The teacher asked, “Who knows their birthday?”

My hand shot up in the air and I said, “September 10, 1973.”

My teacher said I was wrong, but I was adamant about it.  An argument ensued and I refused to even acknowledge the possibility that I was wrong.

The teacher had a talk with Mom when she came to pick me up that day.  Mom played it off by saying her birthday is in September and I was probably just confused.  She told the teacher I was born August 10, 1973.

We get home and Mom sits down with me for a talk.  She explained the situation.  I was confused, but agreed to keep my birthday a secret.

In 1980, we moved back to Germany and my age was never again a problem.

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Childhood Predictions for the Year 2000

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In 1980, I was seven years old and a student at Mannheim Elementary School in Mannheim, Germany.  My teacher assigned a creative writing project in which we would predict what life would be like in the year 2000.

That was twenty years into the future, which seemed like an eternity to me.  I thought about it for a few minutes and then I began writing.

The first thing I said was that I would probably be dead of old age by then.  I also wrote about people having personal robots to do all the housework and having their own spaceships to travel to other planets for vacation.

Well, I am glad to say that I did not die of old age by the year 2000.  However, I would like to have a personal robot and a spaceship.