Childhood memories with Jessica Brossard

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Jessica Brossard, has been working in Southsea but originally comes from Trémentines, in France. Here the 20-year-old recalls some of their fondest memories.

What is your earliest childhood memory?

It was during a holiday in Ardèche, in the south east of France, with my parents and my little brother. I was about nine. I remember it quite well because it was the first time I had been in a canoe and, in a descent, the canoe capsized. It was really scary but so funny now when I remember it.

What do you remember about your birthdays?

I remember my cake because it was always the same. It is called gâteau au yaourt and I love it. And the funniest thing is that it is still my birthday cake today because it is the only one I manage to do really well. Now I can’t celebrate my birthday without it.

How was school?

I liked school and I always liked my teachers. The subjects I preferred were history and art. But, like all children, I liked play times too. I remember that I played with marbles. Most of the time I invented games with my friends.

What did you get up to with your friends?

We played outdoors a lot, even when it was raining.

What toys did you play with?

Like all other girls, I played with dolls and I had a blackboard. I remember having a little plastic cooking range too.

What clothes did you wear?

I remember an ugly pink jacket that I wore with a shirt of many colours. It was too large for me so I looked like a parachute!

What did you watch on TV?

I remember that I loved Walt Disney cartoons like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Aristocats (that was my favourite!) I think I have watched them all.

What music did you listen to?

I listened to Dorothée who was a French singer and TV presenter who sang children’s songs.

What was the naughtiest thing you did?

I remember once when I was really scolded. It was at my grandparents’ house. They had many rabbit hutches and also a henhouse. I always wanted to stroke the little rabbit but my grandparents didn’t want me to. So one day, I opened all the rabbit hutches and the henhouse and all the animals got away from their cages. My grandparents were running after the animals for most of the day.