We are creatures of habit, so when Redditor iamstargirl asked the online community "What's a weird childhood ritual you still do today?" people had a lot to offer.
It's amazing what sticks with you.
"When I'm on a hike..."Giphy
When I'm on a hike I pick up a rock and carry it for about an hour. Then i put it down in a nice spot. I've done that since I was a kid so rocks could change horizons and see the world.
"But I save one of each color..."
I sort multi-colored candies (Skittles, M&Ms, etc) into their respective color groups and eat them one color at a time.
But I save one of each color for last, and eat that group all at once.
Always take a sip of the water before I swallow a pill with it. Gotta make sure the throat works.
"I still shake..."
I still shake the milk carton before pouring it.
I think this came from when my dad left and all we could afford was powdered milk, but I honestly cannot drink milk if it hasn't been shaken. I feel like it won't be uniform.
"None of us believed..."
My mum taught me and my brothers about the superstitions with magpies when I was young. Seeing a magpie alone is bad luck, but you could get rid of the bad luck by saying "Hello Mr Magpie, how are you and your family today?"
None of us believed the superstition, but we still do it.
"I used to think..."
I blow in my cup before filling it with liquid. I used to think that blowing in the cup would remove the germs.
"When I was a child..."
When I was a child my mother made a large round rug out of old pants. It's beautiful with lots of bright colors. We loved racing around it as children pretending it was a round race track or doing a "indian dance" around pretending that the red center was our fire. As an adult my mother gave me her old rug (I saved it from being trashed as it had no special meaning to her) when I'm pacing my house while talking on the phone or thinking I catch myself walking around in circles on the rug. It's like my own personal sticky trap.
"My dad grew up poor..."
I put milk in my ice cream.
My dad grew up very very poor and always moving around, so even as a kid he learned to stretch a buck. This was back in the 70s. When I was a kid though, even though my dad had pretty decent money, he would still pour milk into my ice cream and turn it into basically a big bowl of milk shake. To this day I still do the same and I'm 25, it's just how I enjoy ice cream. Makes it a little less sweet, and you feel like you are overindulging on a ton of ice cream when it's about 1/3rd milk.
"As a kid..."Giphy
As a kid, I was terrified of vampires (due to watching the original made for TV Salem's Lot). I convinced myself that if I slept with the covers up to my chin, they couldn't bite my neck. Didn't work, but I still sleep with covers up to my neck when I lay down in my coffin in the morning.
"If I can't sleep..."
If I can't sleep on my stomach with my right knee pulled up and left arm straight out under my head, I can't sleep. Sucks when you have shoulder issues.
Once when I was a teenager, I was all dressed up for something, in heels, and I did a little mock tap dance in the kitchen. My mom looked at me with a little smile on her face and said, "you know, you used to do that when you were 2-years-old any time you wore your dress shoes".
Still do. Dress shoes are for tap dancing.
Rushing upstairs or into bed after turning out the light.
"When I go to the beach..."
When I go to the beach I always draw a circle around our stuff... ya know... to protect us from the sea bear.
"When I see the clock..."
When I see the clock is at a specific hour exactly, (like 7:00), I'll very softly say "bong" that number of times like I'm a grandfather clock.
Oh man. This is gonna sound so weird and I have no idea why I did this, and sometimes still do.
As a kid. I liked to time how long I peed, but, I didn't use numbers. I would repeat the names of the fairies in Sleeping Beauty in my head and count how many times I said all 3.
"Flora. Fauna. And Merryweather" over and over, while peeing.
Sometimes, I subconsciously still do this. It was so constant as a kid it's like I trained myself to recite this when I pee.
DQ: What's a childhood habit that's stuck with you over the years?