I remember being told that if you pick a dandelion you’ll wet the bed.
Apparently, there’s an element of truth in that, but perhaps not in the following.
I only remembered this yesterday and it sounds really naive. I was in a care home or fostered for most of my teenage years. Some of the carers were sympathetic when I (or other kids) had accidents but one woman in particular was always angry when I messed my pants. She once got so mad at having to clean me up that she told me it was against the law to poo your pants and if I got caught I could be arrested. It sounds silly now, but I truly believed her and for months afterwards I panicked every time I did it in my pants.
When I was a little girl, I didn’t understand what diarrhea actually meant, lol. I know that sounds stupid, but my younger sister would have legit really bad pants pooping accidents where she wouldn’t get in trouble and my parents would just say she got diarrhea from eating ____ food.
Well because I got in trouble ALL THE TIME because I would poop my pants on purpose, I was terrified to eat any of the foods that gave my sister diarrhea. I didn’t know diarrhea was liquid poop, I just thought diarrhea meant the second I ate said food and got up, I’d uncontrollably fill my pants with any consistency of poop, and of course my brain worried I’d get in big trouble for it! Obviously if I had a legit diarrhea accident with liquid poop, my parents would have known it wasn’t on purpose. But I definitely thought diarrhea meant just shitting your pants, hahaha.