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What's the earliest memory you can recall ?
« on: 16/07/2005 04:21:49 »
Hi All,

This may have been brought up before, but I can't remember !! (groan) but I'll ask it anyway,

Why can't we remember being born ?..is it because that as new born infants, we just can not comprehend the outside world and therefore can not create memories because it's all nonsense ?....and when I say outside world, I don't mean outside in the garden , I mean outside ourselves ! beyond our skin..comprendez ?

In addition to your wonderful comments, please state how old you were in your earliest memory ...with me ?...I honestly think its 4 or 5....is this comparable to your earliest memory ?

Thanks....(Hey !!..don't forget to comment!!)




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Re: What's the earliest memory you can recall ?
« Reply #1 on: 16/07/2005 17:37:27 »
i was 3 im now 40  so not bad going .
i remember getting a smack from my dad for turning over and sitting on the small
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Re: What's the earliest memory you can recall ?
« Reply #2 on: 16/07/2005 23:45:27 »
I remember my third Birthday. I got a big plastic CPR type train with a cattle bumber on the front of it.

Life was perfect then!




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Re: What's the earliest memory you can recall ?
« Reply #3 on: 17/07/2005 16:45:21 »
I have two memories from age two.  I know I was two because they are both from the farm and we left the farm when I was still two.  

The first, I have a basket of eggs (I see myself, so I am narratizing) and I am running to my father (as if he just got home from work) when I fall.  I suspect I thought I'd be in trouble.  My parents have no memory of this incident, but the timing is right, eggs are usually gathered in the late afternoon or early evening and I did gather eggs.

The second, I am lying in bed, there is a huge full moon shining through the window, and a big bird is flying against the window screen.  I was deathly afraid of the neighbors guineas.  If you know guineas, you know that they will attack a small child.  My mother never could accept that the bird in the window was a guinea.  It probably wasn't, but to my mind the only bird that would be trying to get me was a guinea.  "The guineas they try to get me."  I suspect that the light of the early night full moon seemed to illuminate a path for the birds flight, ended by the window screen in its path.  My father says my bedroom window faced east.

I am fifty now, and keep both chickens for eggs and guineas just for the fun of it (they eat a lot of bugs and warn of unwanted visitors, including hawks and fox).
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Re: What's the earliest memory you can recall ?
« Reply #4 on: 18/07/2005 10:59:31 »
I remember the layout of the bus we lived in while my parents built our home.  I was just turned two.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 18/07/2005 12:52:46 »
Gosh...everyone seems to be able to recall memories farther back than myself !!..Perhaps I was born as a two year old !!!...thanks Peeps, it's interesteing to know and hear of your earliest memories.

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Re: What's the earliest memory you can recall ?
« Reply #6 on: 18/07/2005 13:19:13 »
No, m'dear, that was denial. Two years of, "Let me back inside!"
 

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« Reply #7 on: 01/08/2005 12:31:26 »
I remember being about 3 years old and running like crazy when I saw an airplane at dusk.  I was afraid of anything that flew.

I learned in psychology that most people do not have really vivid memories until about third grade.  I have some (like above), but they are not really vivid.

I don't recall why.  I'm more intersted in why I keep forgetting and why I don't remember so many things, but remember what I was wearing 30 years ago in some instances.
 

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« Reply #8 on: 08/08/2005 03:35:46 »
Hmmm...I have a vivid memory from before third grade--it's also one of my earliest.  My absolute earliest memory is of my mother changing my diaper--I won't go into that one any further.[:)]  

My earliest vivid memory is of playing in our front yard, and suddenly realizing how very far away I was from the door.  I was afraid to walk back to the door because of all these brown things (dead leaves, I think), so I stood there and screamed until my sister came out and carried me back in.  I do remember the outfit I was wearing, and I have seen pictures of myself in that outfit--I was about 12-18 months old.
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« Reply #9 on: 08/08/2005 08:48:18 »
I remember a time when I was in a crib. I had to have been between 2 and 3. I used to leave the door open with the hall light on, when I went to bed. One night the breeze blew the door closed. I rocked my crib over to the door to open it.
 

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« Reply #10 on: 09/08/2005 13:49:36 »
i remember when i first went to kindy...was terrified!i even remember what colours my teacher had on!
 

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Re: What's the earliest memory you can recall ?
« Reply #11 on: 09/08/2005 14:19:13 »
I remember stuff from when I was crawling around (I was late to walk though). One memory in particular I can remember seeing our old cat and thinking of the concept of friend, I soon unlearnt that concept when it scratched me when I cornered it [:)]. I remember a lot of foreign holidays too, and since we stopped going on holiday abroad as soon as I started school those are going a fair way back, some around 2/3... lol as someone mentioned before it was a memory of collecting eggs, with a random Greek woman.... my parents hadn't noticed I’d wandered to the back of the taverna... They were worried but laughed when they saw I had an egg in my hand when I came back. I also remember eating lots of crème caramel since it’s the only thing I would eat on holiday. The earliest memory I have is of my parents faces looking down on me in the living room (they were young) and vaguely the sound of the TV so that must be a long time ago, since my parents are like 55 now [:D] I notice when trying to remember that far back though there isn't such a strong sense of chronology.. wonder why that is?

Heh one last one is I can remember saying my first word, it was "cheers" and I said it when all the family were at my grans sitting around the table [:D] lol I hope that doesn't reflect the rest of my life.


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Re: What's the earliest memory you can recall ?
« Reply #12 on: 09/08/2005 14:46:57 »
Thank you all for your memories, it's really amazing to read them...thank your all for sharing.

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Re: What's the earliest memory you can recall ?
« Reply #13 on: 12/08/2005 16:57:31 »
I have memories that because of the place they occur put me between 1 and 2 years of age.  

We lived near a train station in a small town.  I must have got out of the yard one day and saw what at the time was something of a wonderment.  There were men on a little service car that must have been driven by a single cylinder motor because it went putt putt putt as it went by.  Because of the smell of the yards and the sound I thought the men on the car were farting.  I don't know how I got there and don't recall getting captured again, but by the time I was 2 we had moved from that town.

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« Reply #14 on: 12/08/2005 17:23:42 »
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Originally posted by NewBill

I have memories that because of the place they occur put me between 1 and 2 years of age.  

We lived near a train station in a small town.  I must have got out of the yard one day and saw what at the time was something of a wonderment.  There were men on a little service car that must have been driven by a single cylinder motor because it went putt putt putt as it went by.  Because of the smell of the yards and the sound I thought the men on the car were farting.  I don't know how I got there and don't recall getting captured again, but by the time I was 2 we had moved from that town.



Thanks Newbill,

Now that's a fantastic bit of recall. Nice. It's amazing how you can remember your thought process's ie: mistaking the putt putt for farts !..and it always amazes me how smells are such a strong aid to memory.  Thanks.

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Re: What's the earliest memory you can recall ?
« Reply #15 on: 15/08/2005 19:32:27 »
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Originally posted by Ultima

 I notice when trying to remember that far back though there isn't such a strong sense of chronology.. wonder why that is?
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It seems that for me certainly, the chronology is retroactively supplied by others who say where we lived and when.  Some scenes took my interest and objects such as cars I was able to identify later within a couple of years.  I don't think we think very much about chronology when we are very young, certainly not in any linear way.  I suspect to a point in our young lives we live in the here and now.  My own kids developed a sense of how many sleeps when looking forward to some event.  This how many sleeps measurement was dominant passed the beginning of school.

Certainly this would explain the impatience of kids for the prospects of having treats later or arriving back from a trip in hours or god forbid, days.  Are we there yet?

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« Reply #16 on: 09/02/2006 20:28:26 »
Thought I'd rejuvenate this thread so that relative newbies may like to add their earliest memories here.

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« Reply #17 on: 09/02/2006 22:16:47 »
My earliest memory is of yesterday when I banged my head against a truck. I was pretty pissed at the truck so I must have tried to hurt it with my head. I guess that wasn't very nice of me, but I was pretty young at the time. I can even remember the color of the truck: blood red. It was all trying to run away from me after that, so I just went to sleep for a while.
 

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« Reply #18 on: 11/02/2006 00:32:54 »
People have been imprisoned in the United States for child molestation based on false memories.  A family that ran a preschool was convicted on child testimony that was absolutely bizzare.  I think at least four people were convicted, a woman, her son and daughter and the woman's aged and frail mother.  I heard one of the victims speak about the molestation when he was about 18 years old.  He said the woman's adult son took him and the other children on a bus trip.  When they got out of the bus the adult son killed a giraffe.  The young man was on television and it was easy to see that he believed this happened when he was four.

Repressed memories have been so troublesome to the US judiciary that now when testified to in court they are dismissed as evidence.  When Freud hypnotized his female clients, in time they all recalled being molested by their fathers.  This happened to a fellow psychiatrist, possibly Jung, who realized his suggestions were creating false memories so he gave up the practise.

Experts that I have heard commenting on repressed memory and memory in general tend to think that lack of brain development in children under four prevents them from recalling events later in life.  After a child is four years of age on pound of gray matter is added to the brain, neurons migrate and organize.  Left-right hemisphere connections are made memories are laid down in a more stable and reliable fashion.

I think we all have false childhood memories and those who don't question them probably enjoy astrology readings, urban legends and ouija revelations.  I'm not being critical.  I don't think ouija boards are harmful.

I think false memories can be constructed from vivid childhood dreams which the conscious mind edits and reformulates..edits to throw out the unreasonable bits.. reformulates to fit the house, the farm, the school, the c-o-n-t-e-x-t.  False memories often come from family stories that are told more often during one's life than we actually realize and pass on to succeeding generations.

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« Reply #19 on: 11/02/2006 00:40:57 »
Here is one website for the child molestation case in the United States that I mentioned.  Google "McMartin child abuse California" for more.

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« Reply #20 on: 11/02/2006 04:38:26 »
my first memory is around 2 or 3, I can remember seeing my little sister in teh nursery at the hospital, and then visiting my mom in her room. I can also remember building a fort for my cat with a babysitter I had around the time of my sisters birth, not sure which came first.
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« Reply #21 on: 11/02/2006 20:20:06 »
My earliest memory is falling off a slide in a park when I was about 3. I landed on my mouth, blood everywhere. But all was well in the end. If I had not had fallen off the slide I wonder what my earliest memory would be.

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Re: What's the earliest memory you can recall ?
« Reply #22 on: 19/02/2006 01:05:59 »
my earliest memory is being hit in the face by a spanner, thrown by my eldest brother,i bled like a stuck pig,probably squealed like one too.

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« Reply #23 on: 19/02/2006 01:16:21 »
How old were you Ray when you enjoyed your close encounter with the spanner ?

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« Reply #24 on: 19/02/2006 01:23:16 »
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gary_lankford said: I have two memories from age two. I know I was two because they are both from the farm and we left the farm when I was still two.

The first, I have a basket of eggs (I see myself, so I am narratizing) and I am running to my father (as if he just got home from work) when I fall. I suspect I thought I'd be in trouble. My parents have no memory of this incident, but the timing is right, eggs are usually gathered in the late afternoon or early evening and I did gather eggs.

The second, I am lying in bed, there is a huge full moon shining through the window, and a big bird is flying against the window screen. I was deathly afraid of the neighbors guineas. If you know guineas, you know that they will attack a small child. My mother never could accept that the bird in the window was a guinea. It probably wasn't, but to my mind the only bird that would be trying to get me was a guinea. "The guineas they try to get me." I suspect that the light of the early night full moon seemed to illuminate a path for the birds flight, ended by the window screen in its path. My father says my bedroom window faced east.


 
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Dawes said:I think we all have false childhood memories and those who don't question them probably enjoy astrology readings...


I agree with you Dawes, not only on the exerpt that I quoted but on the rest of your post.

That is why I gave only two early memories which are unattested by other sources (parents or any other).  Nevertheless, the circumstances, places, and times allow for the plausibility of those memories.

I have a very strong mental image of shooting my brother through the finger with his pellet gun.  He is kneeling on the floor with his thumb over the muzzle and is pumping the pellet gun.  I reach in and pull the trigger.

While this is what actually happened, the "memory" is tainted because the story was told to me many times over the years.  i.e. the memory was suggested.

While I agree that we must question not only those early memories, but even much later memories as to their accuracy (memory is often tainted by perspective), I do believe it possibe to retain very early memories.  The criteria for judging their accuracy should be very strict.

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« Reply #25 on: 19/02/2006 01:25:21 »
I can remember the garden in a house I used to live in & seeing parachutists land in the park at the end of the garden as part of some display. We moved from that house when I was 2 & a half.
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« Reply #26 on: 19/02/2006 20:10:38 »
I remember my Granny Fletcher using an old fashioned washing machine, the type you turned by hand, together with a mangle to squeeze the water out. She used to make us a Toasted Jam sandwich. I remember sitting on my Grandfathers lap, he looked like Captain Birdseye. Fran used to put hot gleeds out of the fire in our wellington boots to warm our feet when they were cold from the frost and snow.

I remeber promissing faithfully to clean out the rabbits that we were allowed to keep and then neglecting to keep them cleaned out and finding they had gone one day.
My Gran and Grandad Field were also amazing, Grandad use to keep pigeons and chickens and always had a dog, the one I remember was a little pink pig called Julie, she was not a pig but an english bull terrier that looked like one. And we used to sleep there when our mum and dad wanted to go out to somewhere special. But most of all I remember the wide open spaces of fields that stretched forever, now housing estates. Geeze, I sound more like my grans and grandads the older I get.

One day I was very young and woke up looking round to find someone had changed our room while I slept, a further look revealed I was in the wrong house and must have been totally drained when I fell on the settee and slept soundly. I was in a house just up the road, but it didn't matter in those days, as everyone in the street were our friends and no one locked their doors.

And then school started, which meant running the gauntlet of the school bullies each Monday who frequently gave us a good hiding and stole our dinner money, until we became tough enough to deal with them.

I remember also a kaolin poultice being slapped on my neck when I had the mumps, and screaming blue murder because it was so hot it burned the skin off my neck. And that was the first and last poultice they ever put on me. Life was hard for me an my brother in those days. We had beatings for getting beatings if you get my drift.

I must have been aged about two when I remember walking by the side of the pram with my brother in it. We used to walk miles, no car in those days til much later and we definately went to see gran and grandad field, which was about 3 miles from our house, so 6 miles round trip, obviously being carried part of the way.

And oddly enough, when I was a little older, we noticed some children playing in the house next door to my gran and grandad Field. A few years ago, I learned that one of those children turned out to be the girl I married and we had obviously met before without realsiing it.



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« Reply #27 on: 19/02/2006 20:52:11 »
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And oddly enough, when I was a little older, we noticed some children playing in the house next door to my gran and grandad Field. A few years ago, I learned that one of those children turned out to be the girl I married and we had obviously met before without realsiing it.





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« Reply #28 on: 19/02/2006 21:19:39 »
That is indeed spooky  Andrew !!



....many thanks to you all for your memories. Fascinating..and I appreciate your sharing these early experiences.

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« Reply #29 on: 19/02/2006 22:51:55 »
I can't remember too much from my early childhood, but I do remember at the age of three...ish, showing off for a neighbor. Picking up a large brick (large for a youngster anyway) pretending to be some sort of a super hero. Dropping the brick on my toe and cutting the tip off. My dad picked me (screaming like I just had my toe cut off) and the toe of discussion up and made his way to the hospital. Two dozen stitches and a chocolate bar or two later I was on my way to recovery, tip and' all.

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« Reply #30 on: 20/02/2006 02:04:03 »
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How old were you Ray when you enjoyed your close encounter with the spanner ?


i was probably about 4, i still have the scars, inside and out.

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« Reply #31 on: 01/03/2006 09:08:15 »
i remember back to when i was two and a half ( validated by the fact it was my brothers sixth birthday) i had pinched one of his fruit polo's and started choking on it. This then resulted in my grandad having to pick me up turn me upside down and whack me in the back to dislodge it. I have never to this day eaten another polo of any description.

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« Reply #32 on: 01/03/2006 11:53:52 »
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i remember back to when i was two and a half ( validated by the fact it was my brothers sixth birthday) i had pinched one of his fruit polo's and started choking on it. This then resulted in my grandad having to pick me up turn me upside down and whack me in the back to dislodge it. I have never to this day eaten another polo of any description.
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Well those german VW POLOS are notoriously difficult to digest [:D] you really ought to start on something a little smoother on the stomach like a Mini with garlic sauce [;)]..

Seriously though, thank you for your memory...it's quite clear to me now that it's very rare to recall back before the age of 2.

Annemarie...next time you go shopping why don't you buy a tube of polos and overcome this fear ?...you're missing out on fruit and mint hole orientated sweety joy and goodness !! [:)]...plus..if you can demonstrate to hubby that YOU can overcome by example then perhaps he'll try and do the same and visit your GP.

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« Reply #33 on: 05/03/2006 20:03:34 »
i can remember being in my pram and seeing my brother climbing through the kicthen window. 18mt to 2yr aprox

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« Reply #34 on: 08/07/2006 17:51:29 »
BTT.....if any newbies would like to contribute here ..it would be appreciated...thanks

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« Reply #35 on: 11/09/2006 18:35:28 »
I am resurrecting this for purely selfish reasons...I love this thread and am genuinely interested in peoples earliest recollections. So, if you have not contributed here please do so..

Mirage ?...Iko ?..Roy P ?  etc etc...

(of course it's only a request...)

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« Reply #36 on: 11/09/2006 19:28:57 »
I have many 'snippets' of memory from before the age of 5.  But 5 is my earliest vivid memory.  I was playing with Barbie Dolls at a neighbors home.  We were on her front porch and all of a sudden I felt a stinging in my back. I had been shot with a 22 caliber shot gun. I threw my hand back to see what it was and when I looked, it was covered in blood.  My friends mom came running to me, picked me up and ran towards my home. I said to her "My parents are going to have to put me to bed".  My parents saw her and came running towards us.  I remember all the neighbors surrounding me and my parents taking my clothes off.  I didn't feel any pain until I looked down and saw my white dress covered in blood.  My parents loaded me up in the car and headed for the hospital.  Our road had speed bumps in it and I remember feeling the blood ooze out of me evertime they hit one. I felt sticky and very cold. When we got to the hospital everyone was running and I kept saying, "if you pray for me God won't let me die".  I remember saying that to everyone I saw.  I remember seeing nurses crying and then running out of the operating room.  And then I 'went to sleep'.  I also remember while I was in the hospital, asking my dad for a bike.  I wanted a green 'big girl' bike.  A few hours later after waking from a nap, my dad picked me up and carried me to the window.  Down in the back of his truck was a green big girl bike.  I knew then that I had daddy wrapped around my little finger.

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Re: What's the earliest memory you can recall ?
« Reply #37 on: 11/09/2006 19:44:26 »
OMG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Carolyn....did they ever get the person who shot you ?......why did they do it ?

THANK (GOD) you are still here !!

I think I understand why you will never forget that !!...Who can shoot a 5 year old ?????

Mam.....THANK YOU THANK YOU for your amazing memory.

WE ALL LOVE YOU CAROLYN..

Oh My GAWWWWWWWWWWDDD !!!!!!


Carolyn is amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!......

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Re: What's the earliest memory you can recall ?
« Reply #38 on: 11/09/2006 20:03:04 »
Thank you Neil, you're so kind.  

Yes, they did find the person who shot me.  However, since the bullet was too close to my spine, it couldn't be removed, so they had no evidence.  It was a teenaged boy, who was out hunting with a friend and didn't realize there was a neighborhood just beyond the woods.  I forgave him a long time ago.  It actually turned out to be my 7th grade English teachers son.

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« Reply #39 on: 11/09/2006 20:26:56 »
Phew !!..So, it was an accident of the worst kind with the best possible outcome...ie: your life !!

So, you have the bullet inside you !...wow !!...surely all they needed was provide an X-RAy for evidence !!...but...as I am not a lawyer I presume it's not valid.

THANK YOU for this most profound memory Carolyn and my admiration to you for the power of your forgiveness.

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« Reply #40 on: 20/03/2007 19:21:49 »
I am BTT (Bring To Top) this thread in the hope that new people joined since the last post will contribute also.
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« Reply #41 on: 21/03/2007 19:43:26 »
I have many early childhood memories but the earliest I think was this.

I remember my mothers face and me being in a pram of the old fashioned type with a big hood and 4 big wheels. I was sat up in the pram, which was parked by the side of a fence and on the other side of the fence was a railway line. My mother was pointing to a steam train approaching.

I cant remember how old I was at the time and can only remember it in pictures and not with sound. Although it was a long time ago, maybe 1953, the pictures in my head are in colour and not black and white!  [;D]

And now a sad but funny memory from about 3-4 years old.

We used to have a big garden and hedgehogs were frequent visitors. My mother always told me not to touch them as the were full of fleas so one day I discovered a hedgehog and decided to "deflea" it. I must have ignored what she said about touching it as the next thing I remember I had put it into a bucket full of disinfectant water! [:I]
My mother had left the bucket outside after moping the kitchen floor.

I'm not sure how long I had left the hedgehog in the bucket for but needless to say I didn't realise the poor thing could drown!
The now, very still hedgehog was put back and when I looked the following day it had gone.

I think it may have just held its breath..............cough!

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« Reply #42 on: 22/03/2007 00:15:59 »
I have many early childhood memories but the earliest I think was this.

I remember my mothers face and me being in a pram of the old fashioned type with a big hood and 4 big wheels. I was sat up in the pram, which was parked by the side of a fence and on the other side of the fence was a railway line. My mother was pointing to a steam train approaching.

I cant remember how old I was at the time and can only remember it in pictures and not with sound. Although it was a long time ago, maybe 1953, the pictures in my head are in colour and not black and white!  [;D]

And now a sad but funny memory from about 3-4 years old.

We used to have a big garden and hedgehogs were frequent visitors. My mother always told me not to touch them as the were full of fleas so one day I discovered a hedgehog and decided to "deflea" it. I must have ignored what she said about touching it as the next thing I remember I had put it into a bucket full of disinfectant water! [:I]
My mother had left the bucket outside after moping the kitchen floor.

I'm not sure how long I had left the hedgehog in the bucket for but needless to say I didn't realise the poor thing could drown!
The now, very still hedgehog was put back and when I looked the following day it had gone.

I think it may have just held its breath..............cough!

TMM

THANK YOU so much TMM for this wonderful most treasured memory.

This memory of the train is fantastic....It must have been quite an amazing thing to see such a sight as a hunk of train was approaching bellowing steam.
I can imagine such awe that would be for a a young child and perhaps this is why this particular event has set in your memory. The fact that you too were also inside a vehicle with big wheels also lends itself to the recollection.

Wonderful.


LOL...I do hope the hedgehog was OK.........I really hope after it had held it's breath that it carried on it's merry way......only cleaner !!

That too is an awesome memory and I really appreciate your sharing it. No doubt your hedgehog de-fleaing days were soon over after that.

THANK YOU TMM

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« Reply #43 on: 22/04/2007 21:05:58 »
Paul ?..Seany ?..anybody new ?...care to share some early memories ?
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« Reply #44 on: 22/04/2007 21:12:18 »
Lordy, i have trouble remembering yesterday! I can remember living in wilsden in london, the first time i watched Chelsea in '83 ish against luton town. I remember how much of a pain it is tapping replies on this mobile!

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« Reply #45 on: 22/04/2007 21:17:20 »
Willsden, stupid keys!

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« Reply #46 on: 22/04/2007 22:19:55 »
How old were ewe Paul ?
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« Reply #47 on: 22/04/2007 22:23:40 »
We left willsden when i was about 6, and went to MK. I was about 13 when i first watched Chelsea

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« Reply #48 on: 22/04/2007 22:31:59 »
We left willsden when i was about 6, and went to MK. I was about 13 when i first watched Chelsea

I am sure you can remember back a little earlier than that....most people it's about 3 or 4..sometimes as early as two....very rarely less than  12 months.......

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« Reply #49 on: 22/04/2007 22:34:32 »
.....having said all..if you care to read from the beginning you'll see that for me it's about 4 or 5
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