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02-03-2009, 07:27 AM
Hello all -

So, I'm trying to compile a list of crucial childhood events - milestones, of sorts - but not necessarily the obvious ones. I mean, duh, there's the first day of school, etc. but I'm trying to get some events that were important, on a personal level as well, ranging from school-age up to a young adult, maybe early twenties?

Any contributions would be awesome!

Kitty Pryde
02-03-2009, 08:06 AM
First time home alone
First job
First pet/relative/friend death
bar/bat mitzvah
quinceanera (spelling?)
18th bday
moving away for college
first time paying the rent
first trip abroad
first time filing your own taxes/not being a dependent
21st birthday!

02-03-2009, 08:11 AM
Here's some that came to mind for me:

Learning to write your name

staying overnight away from home for first time

winning something

friend moving away

death of someone close

first date that surprises you (thought it would be bad, but it wasn't)

first break up

first car accident - fender bender

first semester of college

Hope this helps!

02-03-2009, 08:23 AM
Riding a bicycle solo with no training wheels

Being able to read your first word

First day at summer camp

First club meeting

First competition (4-H at fair, spelling bee, whatever)

Receiving first grade card

First haircut

First time going off the diving board

First boat, plane, train ride

First horseback ride

First death of a pet

First long dress / first necktie

First dance

First hayride

First time you got to carve your pumpkin yourself

I'll stop so I don't take all the options. Puma

Clair Dickson
02-03-2009, 08:54 AM
First time staying up past midnight. (I remember that night very well, still. We kept going into the kitchen to the check the time. I think we made it just a few minutes past midnight before curling up and falling asleep!)

Wayne K
02-03-2009, 09:46 AM
If you're including bad things I'll go with the first time someone I knew died.

A great one was the first time I felt like someone loved me, outside my immediate family.

Ms Hollands
02-03-2009, 12:27 PM
I remember being really impressed with myself when I finally learnt how to tie my own shoelaces. And when I was older, my first school disco (age 10 I think, and not really a school disco, but it was the end of primary school so we all felt like grown-ups and there was no romance).

02-03-2009, 01:48 PM
For a female, the first time getting her period. Of course, girls vary greatly in their emotional response to it. For some it's wonderful, others traumatic, others don't really care either way. But it certainly changes things a whole lot.

Wayne K
02-04-2009, 01:05 AM
A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

02-04-2009, 01:08 AM
First time I got hospitalised after a maternal beating

First time I saw a dead body

First time I got stoned and had a threesome

First time my best friend set fire to my living room carpet by accident

First time I burned a guy's curtains with a bomber off my doobie (shweet)

What? What? Doesn't everyone go through that?!

Lyra Jean
02-04-2009, 01:33 AM
First time my best friend set fire to my living room carpet by accident

Was there a second time then?

Lyra Jean
02-04-2009, 01:35 AM
First day of college and realized the police officers weren't truant officers and they didn't care if you were in class or not.

When I learned unlike the movie Parent Trap I didn't want my divorced parents to get back together again.

The first time I was accused of being possessed by demons. I told him, "I'm not Mary of Magdala.

02-04-2009, 01:41 AM
First time you almost drown trying to impress a girl.
First wet dream.
First time you get arrested for public intoxication.
First time you need medical attention for things you wouldn't have done sober.

(By the second time for most of those, the novelty has worn off.)

C.M. Daniels
02-04-2009, 02:09 AM
The first trip you take by yourself on mass transportation.

02-04-2009, 02:31 AM
First time I realized my parents were willing to lie to me to get me to do what they wanted.

First time I was hit by a nun. You know, one of the brides of Christ?

First time driving a car solo.

First kiss.

First orgasm.

First auto accident.

First time someone tried to kill me in combat. He missed. I shot back.

First time I tried, unsuccessfully, to kill someone in combat. I missed he ran. I didn't admit it then but I was glad.

First child. Second child. First diaper change.

First parent's death. Second parent's death.

First time I had to have a pet put down. Actually it's always a first because it never gets easier.

There are more and these are not in order.


Kate Thornton
02-04-2009, 02:59 AM
The first time I walked to school by myself.
The first time I realized I was the big sister to my little brother.
The first time I was proud of my little brother instead of myself.*

*I'm still proud of you, Billy.

02-05-2009, 02:02 PM
One of the things I'll always remember is my Junior/Senior prom. Just...a wonderful time filled with all my closed friends, a gigantic bowl of M&M's and lousy music. Course, I went to both proms (my junior year and my senior year) And both were totally awesome!

How about a few more? Some of these may be repeats.

First time asking a girl out
First time a girl said "No"
First time a girl said "Yes"
First time sharing a bed with a woman in a non-sexual way
First time kissing a woman
First time being kissed by a woman
First day of work
When you got your first car
First time you were pulled over by the police
First day in your new apartment
First time being used by someone you really cared about

And how about some "Lasts?"

Last day of Highschool
Last day in a town you spent your entire life in
Last day working at a place you've been at for seven years
Last day living with your parents

I can't think of any more right off hand...

02-05-2009, 02:38 PM
Finding out that adults are just as stupid/scared/confused/greedy/selfish as you are - only they have tanks.

Soccer Mom
02-05-2009, 10:29 PM
transporting this to Story Research in 3...2...1...

02-05-2009, 10:46 PM
First girl you kissed and meant it
First time getting served alcohol in a bar
First time beating an adult at chess

02-05-2009, 11:44 PM
First time beating an adult at chess

age 5-7, the same time I realized my dad cheated. That kind of took the thrill out of it.

02-07-2009, 04:56 AM
Thanks for the awesome input, everybody! :hooray:

02-08-2009, 09:22 AM
The time I caught my first fish. The first time I out fished my dad. Going hunting for the first time. The first time someone complimented me about my singing voice. The first time a close friend died. Stopping the Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade when I was two or three so I could get a hug from Bobby Westlund (he was a motorcylce cop and was riding at the head of the parade). The first time I saved someones life.

yer pal Brian

02-08-2009, 09:59 AM
First time I stole a car
First time getting drunk and peeing in a sink
First swim meet/first medal or ribbon in swimming
First dog
Last day of high school
First time I held a human heart (I was a surgical PA, so that's not really common)
First time I had sex
Bar Mitzvah in Israel
First time I realized being a Jew was reason enough for someone to hate me (not all milestones are happy)

02-08-2009, 10:47 AM
Seeing my first (and so far only) president - JFK, May 1963.
Coming home from kindergarten six month later and finding my mother crying because the president had been shot.
1964 - seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show
1968 - hearing that a friend's mother was arrested for violating the curfew that followed the Martin Luther King assassination
1969 - Watching the first moon landing on TV

Mike Martyn
02-08-2009, 08:51 PM
As semilargeintestine said, not all milestones are happy.

First beating from a teacher.

First time watching someone die violently. Construction site next to our house, one of the workers was gassing up a grader, dropped the can and somehow set himself on fire. He ran around like a human torch for a while then collapsed about 20 feet from the river. I was 10. I remember thinking how interesting it was.

Does violence desensatise us?

02-08-2009, 09:50 PM
I saw someone get hit by a train and torn to shreds once when I was 12 or 13.

Kathie Freeman
02-10-2009, 09:17 PM
The first time I realized that grownups, specifcally my grade school principal, didn't actually know everything.