When I was little, we used to go to the circus every year. I never enjoyed it because I knew, at the end, they would shoot the guy out of the cannon and I hated that noise so much. I have no idea why - I wasn't a scaredy cat or particularly fearful but man, I hated that cannon act. To this day, I'm not that big on circuses, but I'm cool with the cannon dude. Whatever.
My mom was a lifelong tennis player and a good one - she played until her knees gave out at age 75. But in what is called middle school now, she would, once in a while, show up at school to pick me up or drop off something and she would be in her short little tennis dress and sneakers. For some reason, this was THE most embarrassing thing that happened to me ever. I hated it so much, I wanted a different mother.
When I was in college, my parents live in Manhattan at a posh address. I used to lie about where they lived because the address embarrassed me. It was the time of hippies. And I was an idiot. But, I really did want them to live in New Jersey.