Conditional Corner is a series that runs Fridays on TSParentsOnline. All stories, including this one by “Garry”, were originally published at Conditional Publications.
My earliest memory of being told that famous quote (the one known worldwide to all young ticcers as they grow and their Tourette becomes more noticeable) – “STOP DOING THAT” – was by my mum and my nan in the kitchen on that lovely sunny day in the mid-1970s.
Everyone had longer hair then, and even though I was only 5 or 6 at the time, I can still remember sitting on the counter, tilting my head back and looking toward the ceiling so the longer hair at the back would touch the back of my neck and the middle of my shoulders.
I really liked that feeling and for some reason wanted to do it again and again and again. It was summer and I had my shirt off and it felt lovely on my bare back. It seemed a really big deal to my mum and my Nan, though, and they were discussing whether I needed a haircut – as if it would stop this new bad habit!
Then over time I’d do it at the family dinner table and got slapped on the wrist for doing it so much. Then I did it at school and forever after, as well as other things such as constantly blinking and sniffing. And yes, forever after I also got shouted at to “STOP DOING THAT”, especially when in the company of my parents’ friends or other family members. Continue reading