John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Pillows

Today I was reminded that habits we start in youth seem to easily become part of us for many years without questioning.

When I was 7 my Uncle Lorn told me that it bad for my neck and back to sleep with a pillow.

41 years later I still refuse to sleep with a pillow.

When I was 8 years old a friend of the family told me he liked to eat peanuts whole –shell and all. I wanted to impress him.

40 years later I still eat peanuts with the shell.

So, I did at least two things today because a 7 year old and an 8 year old decided it was a good idea at the time. And I’ve never taken the time to question either–from the perspective of an informed adult.

Which leads to the next (and scarier) question: What else did I do this week bc my 7 or 10 or 12 year old self made a lifelong decision for me many years ago?


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