Monday, April 02, 2018

April Challenge -- Day 2

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Your earliest memory.

The sun is shining. I'm looking down at my hand, pressing it on the red and white ottoman. I'm trying to steady myself. According to my mom, I was about a year old. We moved just months after my first birthday, and that ottoman didn't make the move.

Most adults really don't remember anything before the age of 6 (unless there was a trauma), so I have questioned the veracity of this memory many times. It's weird because I remember just that -- nothing before and nothing after. Just that flash, that little moment in time.

But here's what clinches it for me: there are no color photos of that old living room, so if I didn't remember, how do I know the ottoman was red?

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  1. I shared two moments like that today (because I'm not sure which came first). My mom says there is no way I remember those things, but when I question her about certain details it turns out I am spot on. Who knows...the brain is a pretty amazing thing.

  2. I have some really early memories as well. Just little snippets, but they're there. Then things you would think I should be able to remember I can't at all. Such as how our kitchen looked when I was 8 years old. I know I spent a lot of time in it, but I can not remember how it looked at all.

  3. We study memory in Psychology class and it's always fascinating to share early childhood memories.


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