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Thread #63979   Message #1043205
Posted By: *daylia*
28-Oct-03 - 11:25 AM
Thread Name: BS: Earliest memories
Subject: RE: BS: Earliest memories
I think Ebbie's right -- we all do have earlier memories than we think. My family moved to Washington DC from Vancouver when I was about 9 months old. I was learning to walk by then, and I remember two things -- the pain of falling and skinning my knees on the cement patio outside, and the sweltering heat of DC in the summer. My brother was born that year, and I remember that beautiful baby smell. I used to climb into his cradle just so I could cuddle up and smell him!

My next memory is about a year later, when I was 2 and he was 1. He had a terrible temper (still does!) and had flung his glass baby bottle across the room we shared so hard it went right through the mirror and made a hole in the wall behind it. I think it was the fear of the loud noise and breaking glass, as well as my VERY upset parents (we were renting that house!) that makes that memory so vivid.

Next memory is him smashing me over the head with a big Tonka dump-truck shortly after the bottle incident. Nothing like pain to enhance a memory!   

Then when I was about 3, I remember standing at the train station with my weeping mother, waving goodbye to my Dad as he left for peacekeeping duty in Egypt in 62. It was the first time I'd ever seen her cry, and it really frightened me. I was to young too understand why she was crying ....

Shortly after that, I remember her and my grandmother sitting crying in front of the black-and-white TV, watching John F Kennedy's funeral. They were SO upset, and again I couldn't understand why.   I guess grief and fear work just as well as pain to make a memory permanent!