I always wonder how people know what their ‘earliest memory’ is. I really struggle to put my childhood memories in any kind of order, and mostly rely on those older than me to make sense of the blurry images and incorrect conclusions my young brain drew. I also think I have a few ‘false memories’; moments I remember through home movies, photographs or from the stories others have told. Have you ever experienced this? There’s a really interesting article on it here for those who want to know more.
Considering all this, it’s seems a very strange coincidence that I decided on my ‘earliest memory’ only this afternoon; prior to opening my email and seeing the topic for today!
When I was younger I had a really vivid memories of holding a tarantula. (You should know, I’m a typical girl and am not massively fond of 8 legged things, so this is a rather big thing for me! I think that’s why the memory was always so strong.) The weird thing with this one is, nobody ever explained it. Unlike with other memories where a story of the day, or a wider description of the places and faces was offered to add context, this one was never really commented on. I didn’t discover the true story behind this memory until I was much older, around 15 or 16. It wasn’t a great story, not one I am willing to share. In fact it was an explantion that has made me feel guilty ever since for the number of times I mentioned the incident at all, and especially those I mentioned it to. One of those times when childhood innocence indirectly causes hurt. For that I will always be sorry.
Earlier today, during a pretty unrelated conversation, this memory popped into my head for the first time in ages. For some reason something clicked today which made me realise how old I must have been. I was only 2! That’s pretty little!! From what I can deduce this is the youngest I have ever been in any stories I have told others from my own memory, so…this must be my earliest one! How strange then that this topic should come up today. I do enjoy a good coincidence, but that’s a little spooky!
Do you know what your earliest memory is? How did you work it out?