The Small Rebellion is a playful group of escape artists who share a joyful, indomitable childlike spirit and are not afraid to let that spirit come out to play! They’re united by a common goal of fighting Adultitis and the doo-doo heads who embrace its ideals. Quite frankly, they’re pretty much the coolest people on the planet. Here’s one right now…
• My name is…Misty Parrish, although Misty is a nickname that my family has called me my entire life. My mom was going to name me Misty Dawn but my grandpa told her he would call me “foggy morning” and he would have. Even though my mom named me Melissa, because my family called me Misty, he still called me “foggy.”
There are so many pictures to choose from I finally settled on one with my little sister (she’s in the black shirt) and although it is the most mild picture of fun we have it was one that was more recent.
• My hometown is…Sullivan, Illinois and I have lived here my entire life and honestly have trouble even thinking of ever living anywhere else.
• My biggest dream…is to become a child/family therapist, but I love working with kids and cannot ever imagine leaving my job as a part-time preschool teacher.
• My inspiration…is my family. Everyone in my family has inspired me in different ways, but they all carry the same family motto of never losing your inner child.
• When I was a kid, I…was raised by teenage parents so our house was a very active house. Although my parents worked hard to provide for us and taught us respect, manners, and responsibility, they acted like children by playing different games. My aunts, uncles, cousins, and everyone’s friends were always at our house. (Try imagining Donna and Eric from “That 70s show” having a kid and you basically can imagine my childhood.)
• My favorite childhood toy was…I did not have a favorite childhood toy because we used our imagination a lot and often played with my friends, sister, and family.
• One way I stay childlike is… to spend time with my “morning crew” which is what we call my early morning class. I open our preschool at 5:30 am and have 3-12 year olds for 3 hours until their teachers arrive. I have my own classroom and decorate it according to what we are doing. For example we are doing Hawaii right now, so I have transformed our room to look like pictures we’ve seen in Hawaii including creating a volcano on our closet door. We also have grass skirts that the kids can wear when pretending to hula dance.
• What I know so far…despite being disabled and in chronic pain, I have to look for the fun in life and enjoy what I can while I am still physically able to. It is important to always remember to find humor in life or you will never survive adulthood.
• My favorite thing about Escape Adulthood is…finding there are other people who believe and live lives that are the same as my family. I love seeing other people enjoying their inner child as much as I do and knowing that I am not alone in my excitement of “Escaping Adulthood.”
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