"A conversation with my 12 year old self" (video)

[Video Link] An amazing video by Jeremiah McDonald. In this piece, he digs up a tape he recorded as a child 20 years ago, and has a conversation with the 12-year-old version of himself who once intoned to the video camera, "I think I'd like to talk to myself in the future." (Thanks, Joe Sabia.)



      1. yes, it was gratuitous repostage, but it’s a great episode.  I found myself watching the whole clip, and may have to dig up the episode. 

  1. I am impressed with his 12 year old self for providing so much material to work off of. 

    It’s funny how we forget the persons we were a long time ago; the only analogous experience for me has been finding an old story I wrote in my teens, and somehow not recognizing the voice that was telling the story, yet it was “my own” voice. I’ve forgotten that boy…

    1. I have the same problem. I’ve got lots of little writings from grade school and early junior high that my parents saved, including my 4th-6th grade diary. I do not recognize that little girl. What’s worse: I’m not sure I like her very much. Especially in the diary. She’s a little too insufferably pleased with herself. I apparently spent a lot of time trying to prove my own precociousness back then. 

      Starting somewhere around 10th grade is where I started to sound like me. And it’s easier to deal with. I can cringe at bad poetry written by 16-year-old Maggie, but by that point, I’m no longer cringing at the thoughts behind the writing.

      1. I have the inverse. I miss that kid. She was bright. I’d say I wondered what happened to her, but I know that. Hell, I even know where she’s buried.

    2. That happens to me with my daughter more than with my own memories of myself. When I think about what she was like as a baby or look at old pictures, I start wondering where that baby/toddler/little girl went. It’s hard for me to make the connection between the person she was then and the person she is now at 9 years old. I suspect things will get even weirder as she gets older.

  2. Fucking brilliant. I loved all the empty booze bottle in the background, nice touch.

    1.  Your future self should have known and saved you the second post. You two need to talk more. Your future self is also a bit judgmental of your past self. Give yourself some slack. Impatiences is a virtue.

  3. Great performances and *really* great editing.  Packs a lot of humor and meaning into a very small space.  Hats off.

    1. I second that. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it made me want a bourbon. And a time machine.

  4. Love it. Great edit.
    Makes me wish I had some video of myself at 12. But it would have had to have been shot in super 8, I suppose… sigh.

    1. I had video of me at 12 but my dad recorded south park episodes over it :/ Oh well. 

  5. Awesome.

    I recently received a box of old keepsakes that my parents found in their basement. Now my girl’s get to enjoy a stickerbook with Pac-Man scratch ‘n sniff stickers even though they don’t know what a Pac-Man is.

    1. How could you raise children who don’t know what Pac-Man is? What kind of parent are you?

      1.  I bought one of those plug in joysticks with like 10 Atari games. Go figure, the kids are like their old man and prefer Galaga and Centipede.

        Side note: If anyone knows of a good browser-based emulator for Super Pac-Man, let me know. Not the knock-off Pac-Man floating around, but the arcade style Super Pac-Man.

  6. An excellent example of “Precociousness”.  I would love to hear his answer when asked, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” 

  7. Nice. I’m not sure I could stand to do something like that with anything that I’d have done when I was twelve (in part because I’m four times–four times, my god–older than that now). The closest thing that I’ve got is an essay that I wrote in eighth grade, not that long after I saw Star Wars, titled “If I Had A Lightsaber”; answer, in case you’re wondering, is murder anyone that irritated me. You could write something like that then and not end up expelled from school for life.

  8. “I am the result of every decision you make”
    When you realize your future is in the hands of a 12 year old, you ponder.

  9. I think I know what the most common answer to “If you could have a conversation with anyone in the world, live or dead” will be, when the singularity happens.

  10. I like how the adult Jeremiah seems totally bewildered and unimpressed by the whole thing while his young self enjoys the hell out of it. I imagine this is a commentary on how we often lose our sense of wonder and excitement when we grow up.

    1. Wow, now I can really see him as the 12-year-old as well. Glad to see people don’t actually change that much.

  11. Loved it. Made me laugh out loud and also a little sad just thinking of my younger self and how I(then) might not recognize me(now).

  12. This was great. Very touching and very well done. I wasn’t sure why he was acting so cynical at first, and that bothered me, but it turned out to be very effective and the reason why it’s so powerful (that and the perfect editing).

    I was really into playing with my dad’s video camera when I was a kid. There must be many hours of footage. I can only recall two things I recorded – one my sister taped over, which I never really forgave her for, and the other is a record of me being an annoying little brat (which dramatically stopped – mostly – at age 13 or so). I’m sure I couldn’t stand to watch any old footage of myself – partly because it wasn’t even that long ago (I’m 25 now). But I’m sure I’ll be glad it exists in the future.

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