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Old 09-29-2012, 10:43 PM   #1
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First memory

As a spin off of Low-Key's "strong memories from the past" thread...

What is your first memory?
I remember my dad taking me to see my mom and new brother in the hospital. I was 3. I remember walking on a sidewalk right next to the building and the big windows, then being inside. I did NOT want to scrub up and put on the hospital gown but I ended up doing it. Then I remember walking in to see my mom. I don't remember anything else about being in the hospital or meeting my brother.

What is your first memory?
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:53 PM   #2
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I was about 3, sitting on the couch with the neighbor lady, my parents sen me there while the house was being carpeted, not sure if thats my first, but its up there
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:09 PM   #3
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I remember my Great Aunt walking me home from the park when I was 2. I remember going in the house and calling for my mom and she came out from the bathroom with her nose all taped up. She had busted herself in the nose with a crowbar. Funny thing though, apparently I had fallen in the lake while at the park and have no recollection of that.

I remember a lot of things from the house I lived in from the time I was born until age 4. I have more memories from that time than any other time in my childhood.
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:19 PM   #4
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I remember being in England and seeing double decker busses. I was about 3.

I can also remember picking up a soldering iron that was on. I lost my fingerprints for a few months. It's weird though, I remember it as being at my house and it really happened at my grandpas house. I also remember it vibrating when I was holding it, not being hot. I was about 4 when this happened.
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:26 PM   #5
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I was 2 or 3, staying at my great grandmother's house. She was giving me cornflakes for breakfast. My great great grandmother (yes, her mother, not a typo ) insisted I had to have sliced bananas on top. I didn't like bananas. I was frustrated because I didn't want to be naughty, but I didn't want bananas either. (I don't remember if I did eat them or what!)

My great great gram died when I was 5, so don't have alot of memories of her. My mom told me she was super nice, though. Our family didn't have alot of money and she thinks the bananas were intended as a treat, not torture.
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:32 PM   #6
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I remember my brother being at the hospital when he was born. I was 3. Me and my dad went to church the next day and people were asking about my new baby brother. We bought a gray pound puppy to take to him. Happy thoughts.
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:33 PM   #7
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I was 3. I remember my dad carrying me in a very crowded hallway at the high school where both my parents were teachers. There was a lot of singing and yelling and my dad was crying. It's the only time I remember seeing him cry. All I could think about was why is my dad crying when everyone else was so happy?

When I got older I learned all about the state championship girls basketball team my mom had coached. My memory was of the welcome home the team received at the high school the day after their win. The team won the first and only state championship at that high school and my mom was named Coach of the Year. Pretty good first memory, if you ask me!
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:35 PM   #8
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Talking with a cleaning lady (several times) at the hotel my grandparents owned....Mom said I was only a year and a half!
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:59 PM   #9
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My aunt had one of the first televisions, and I remember sitting on the sofa at her house, sucking on a bottle of milk, watching some farm show. The farmers were feeding a baby goat with a bottle. I promptly stopped drinking and threw my bottle across the room. If baby goats drank out of bottles, I wanted nothing to do with them. My mother said I never took another one. I was about 18-20 months old.

I thought this might have been a story someone told me, but my mother said I related the memory to her when I was about 5 years old, and she was the only other person in the room when it happened and had never told me about it.

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Old 09-30-2012, 12:09 AM   #10
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I have 2 memories of events in the same house, one being my father being ill and laying on the couch. That stands out because he was not around a lot at that time (Marines and commercial pilot afterwards).

The other is sitting on the back steps w/my brother looking at one of those lap trays (for breakfast in bed) that had a map of the US on it. I personally don't recall it, but history says he was munching on a spider at the time. I had to be around 3 at the time as it was also the town where my sister was born.
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:16 AM   #11
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My first memories were at age 3, 2 different countries. My first memory was where we lived over seas I looked down from our house to see a bull running in the street chasing people,then I remeber the beautiful dog that lived next door getting my picture taken with her. The first one of being in the U.S. my mom was scrubbing down the porch (which is funny because she didn't do housework)but both of my grandparents had been in hospital and couldn't do it. I went to see my mom and she told me to tell my grandmother to call for help because she was feeling dizzy and was going to pass out, so I did.next thing I remember is ambulance coming in driveway. My mom was bleeding internally from a ectopic pregnancy.
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:17 AM   #12

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I was 3. My family had a dairy. The vet came to inseminate the cows and I was horrified. I ran to the house and hid under my bed.
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:14 AM   #13
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I have a vague memory of being in my infant swing and it was outside and my mom was in a lawn chair. A more clear memory I was outside in only a diaper and there were these stairs that led down from our apartment and I climbed down them. I got down to the bottom and there were a bunch of older kids standing around and my teenage babysitter was with them. My Mom noticed I was outside by then and came out and got me and brought me back in.
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:24 AM   #14
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Moving from one house to a brand new one, I was 3. I've only moved twice since then, and I'm 55, so it MUST have tramatized me.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:28 AM   #15
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I remember things as far back as six months old, and thought that was completely normal until I was in high school and this very topic came up. It was then that I realized I was an oddity and my friends started telling me I had "freaky baby memory." I remember the house that my grandparents moved out of when I was 6 months old. My mother often told this story: My grandfather made up a nonsense song that he sang to me as an infant and no one else ever sang it. He died when I was six months old. One day when I was about 2, I started singing the song out of the blue. She was cooking and said she nearly dropped a pan of biscuits right to the floor, it shook her up so much.

There is a photo of me in a swimsuit at 15 months old, taken outside by my mother. My sister was nearby, but not in the picture. My mother told me I was a "bathing beauty" and that captured my attention. I remember running inside and asking my father repeatedly, "Daddy, am I a bathing beauty?" (Yes, I talked WAY early.) All he wanted to do was get me out of the room, as he was laying on the couch, watching a western on TV. He finally assured me I was very pretty and I left him alone. I have lots of memories from that time.

I have the "DVD/video memory" in that I can recall many memories as if I am watching a video. It always helped me in school. I could "replay" what the teacher had said, what had been on the film, even what I had read and what page it had been on. It has a down side too, though. Painful memories, such as being with my parents when they died, are as fresh as if they happened yesterday. They never fade with time, as they do for most people.

My sister has the same sort of memory and although I never discussed it with him, my late brother gave indications he had it too. I figure it's just an inherited trait.

My husband had an aunt who could recall amazing things. If someone mentioned an event, no matter how insignificant, she would say something like, "That happened on a Tuesday. It started off overcast, but cleared up by lunch. Joe was sick with the flu, but the rest of us were fine, so we headed into town to see a movie. They had a double feature..........." and so on. She had a mind like a steel trap.
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