What is your first memory?
November 26, 2008 11:55am CST
All of my family said that it could not be true - I could not remember that far back. However,it is a real memory. I remember being lifted out of a pram and taken inside a house. I could not walk and someone placed me upright on a table whilst holding me. They then threw me up in the air again and again in an effort to make me laugh. I cried and then someone, probably my eldest sister, took me from the person. Result? I have never thrown a child even a little way up in the air and caught them, unless, of course it was my own children who obviously knew me and did laugh. The earliest memory of a friend of mine was seeing her father hurting her mother - to this day she cannot forget what happened. She was then about 3 years old. I am wondering what your earliest memory is and has it affected your life in any way?
• United States
26 Nov 08
I love this question. Because I have some very early memories that my mother said there is no way I could remember. One is on the coast of Washington State where I was born, there was a wrecked ship, beached and sideways. I remember my mother saying "stay there Kimmy honey" and seeing her slide down the deck below me and the sand trailing behind her- I even remember what she was wearing (1960's attire) black stretch style skinny pants and keds style tennis shoes. My mother said there is no way I could remember that because they removed the ship when I was two years old. But I remember it as clear now as ever. Another early memory of mine is my mother organizing her 45 records on the couch and me wearing a diaper and walking on the couch and her telling me to not step on the records, well I stepped on one by accident and broke it, my mother just said in a disappointed voice "Kimmy". I have several more memories like riding in my Aunt's Austin Healy before she moved to Venice Bch, Ca. Well she moved to Venice Bch in 1967, that would make me maybe 3 years old. I know many, many people who do not even remember kindergarden or first grade though, that just blows me away, how could they not when I have a head full of so many memories when I was very young? I am grateful that I do not remember anything tragic or dysfunctional though (we are not PERFECT by a long shot :), besides getting hit in the head with an aluminum Totem pole my older sister 'presented' to me by tossing at me, leaving a gash in my forehead with huge drops of blood dripping into the house, don't remember the stitches though!
26 Nov 08
What a wonderful posting - thank you spo very much. Now, I believe you even if your mommy doesn't ! lol! I would love to know how these memories just stay in our mind? Unfortunately, I also have some bad ones that I had to deal with later in life as they really did happen. You may have felt scared when you saw what your mother did. Or again, you may have felt sorrow when you broke her 45. who knows? Bit I wonder why our memories are so selective? I've also met people who cannot remember first grade and I can conjure up the dragon that was my first teacher. Miss Clifton was her name and she had bony fingers and hairs on her face! She kept prodding me with her bony fingers. Oh, how I hated her! Again, many thanks for your response.
• United States
1 Dec 08
I also remember my kindergarden teacher, Mrs. Mazera, she was really nice and always showed us slides from her trips abroad, like she was trying to teach us some culture. Which I feel she did, in 1969 many Americans never experienced a Pinata and how to make one, I still remember how to make them and have with my kids. I also vividly remember a boy in my class having an accident, I wonder if he remembers!
1 Dec 08
I am glad that you were happy with your kindergarten teacher kaMIbob. As I said, mine was awful. she ridiculed my knitting a duster for the chalk board and I was only fice years old. Not many 5 year olds can knoit can they? Kitting and sewing were compulsoty subjects at schoiol in the u.k,. during my time at school. I cried so much that they got my eldest sister to come into the classroom to comfort me. Oh what memories we have!
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Sep 09
My husband has a memory that he says has to have been from when he was still in diapers. I guess if something makes an impression on you, it sticks even if you're really young. I'm not sure what my first memory is. I do recall at least one nightmare from when I was about 4 and a song from the same age. But I'm pretty sure I remember my sister being brought home from the hospital after she was born and I was three then. So that's probably it.
9 Sep 09
I was in a pram - not a stroller so I suppose that I would have been about 18 months or younger. Because of the cold, the children were always bundled up with blankets in a pram. Women were not driving cars so much back then and my mother never drove at all. I believe your husband, as some memories just stay with us for life. Thank you for responding to this older discussion.
1 Dec 08
The earliest I remember seems to be in a different era in a different world, so distant now that sometimes I feel that it may not have been me.I was in the jr.kg at a school in jos, Nigeria. There at this school i was hit by a goat from behind and i remember falling down and later my bruises were attended by the headmistress herself. It was probably the first stinging sensation of raw antiseptic.My father was frantic later learning the accident. maybe thats how I probably came to know that he loves me so much....lol