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15-03-2015, 12:17 AM
Memory
I have talked with people about this before and almost everyone says my memory goes back way farther than theirs. A good example is that I have a fairly clear memory of feeling frustrated that I didn't know enough words to make myself understood. I've also clearly relayed memories to my parents from my childhood as early as three years old.

How far back does your memory go? What's your earliest memory? Do you find your early memory fading as you age?

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15-03-2015, 12:30 AM
RE: Memory
(15-03-2015 12:17 AM)Stark Raving Wrote:  I have talked with people about this before and almost everyone says my memory goes back way farther than theirs. A good example is that I have a fairly clear memory of feeling frustrated that I didn't know enough words to make myself understood. I've also clearly relayed memories to my parents from my childhood as early as three years old.

How far back does your memory go? What's your earliest memory? Do you find your early memory fading as you age?

My clearest memory is of me wearing my pretty red velvet dress with matching coat, with my mom into a pet store on Mission Street in San Francisco. They had a roped off area with an Orangutan that was for sale in a cage. It reached through the cage passed the roped area and grabbed my coat, and freaked me out. My mom hit it on the hand with her hand and it let go. There was a sign that did say "do not touch" with a bite thingy....funny I remember I didn't know what the sign said, but I can see it clearly today in my mind. Smile

Now my mom couldn't walk unaided from the time I was four. The dress (I still have it) looks to me around 2 years. So I know pretty much that I had to be between two and three.

It's the only memory I have of doing something with my mom where it was just us.


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15-03-2015, 12:53 AM
RE: Memory
My memory is not very good anymore.
I have one from early childhood, (2-3) about being chased by cars in a dream. I don't know now if it was a real dream or some cartoon I watched. It's fuzzy now.
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15-03-2015, 01:47 AM
RE: Memory
hmmmmmm

now why did I come in here????

(mumble)...

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15-03-2015, 02:07 AM
RE: Memory
I have vivid memories from just over one year old - I can still smell the coffee table and feel the texture as I remember clutching for balance while learning to walk.

Can't remember why I went to the kitchen half hour ago though... Sad

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15-03-2015, 03:29 AM
RE: Memory
I remember visiting my grandpa in the hospital after he had a severe stroke which he didn't recover from. I remember being in my mom's arms looking down at him - when I was 2.

I actually remember more early experiences as I get older. It's the short term memory that suffers - now, where are my glasses? Tongue

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15-03-2015, 04:17 AM
RE: Memory
Moving house.

I remember being picked up by a strange man (ooh-er!) and plonked / seated on an L-shaped drawer/wardrobe thing.

I recalled this memory to my mother some years back and she said there's no way that's a real memory because I was just under 2 when we moved.

She's probably right as received memory is a thing but damn I remember that moment so vividly.

Other than that, going to infant school at the age of 4, a kiss-and-don't-tell / I'll show you mine etc. session with Wendy Becker behind the shrubbery by the school wall etc. etc.

It makes sense to me that the non-normal, dramatic, traumatic, big change moments are going to be stored away even if our brains reshape them somewhat.

I still miss Wendy sometimes.

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15-03-2015, 04:32 AM
RE: Memory
I can remember, although not that clearly, when I was in a stroller, in my town's square. And I remember two women approaching to see me, as people usually to with little babies changing their voice to high pitches and stuff. I don't remember their voices but, I was already a heartbreaker. Wink










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15-03-2015, 08:29 AM
RE: Memory
It's funny because I just talked about this two nights ago. I remember being changed on the changing table in my parents' bedroom. I described the entire room to my mother and where it was etc. She said I was spot-on correct and that I had to be remembering it from an age of about 18 months because they moved out of that room and into the upstairs before I was 2. I'll never forget that memory, and it could be even younger since they changed me in that specific location from birth until 18 months.

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15-03-2015, 08:40 AM
RE: Memory
I remember sneaking into the pantry to steal sugar, grabbed the salt instead and dumped it down my throat. I was maybe 3 or 4?

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