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    What is your earliest memory?

    It is between two memories for me. My mother doesnt believe I remember any of it and that someone like my older siblings had told me about it, but I remember things like the height's of objects relative to me and certain colors.

    The first one is when my mother and father were having an arguement/fight over something or the other and (apparently I talked alot at an early age), I remember tottering into the room with wooden floors and the the floor was so close to me. How close the floor was and color of it was what sticks out most in the memory. And my father says to my mother "Youre lying!" or something to that affect, so I reply with "My mom is not a liar, you are" I didnt even know what was going on but of that I was sure with a toddler's certainty. My dad walked over and pushed me in the head so I fell over and another fight started between them about me. But honestly dont blame my dad, it was disrespectful and a lesson I think I needed to learn early, also it was a gentle rebuke I think.

    My second memory is of my mom making fried chicken in a pan, and the stove was to high up for me to see exactly how she was doing it cause I was an over-active child and it smelled incredible. So naturally, like any sane child would do, I grabbed the handle and pulled it down to get a better look.
    Now all i remember is some hot oil getting in my eye, but my mother told me before that it was a major part of my face that got messed up from the oil. She said I was almost 4 at the time. Of the pleothra of things i'm grateful for, it is that I wasnt permenantly scarred from it. I saw kindergarden photos of me looking completely normal.

    There are a few other memories around that age but the former feels like my first because of how close the floor was, that it took up like all my vision almost. And they all involve pain, probably something to be drawn from that for myself or in general of how you/I remember the negatives much more than the positives. Idk if its part of the human condition or just me though, but I think its more than just me when I see people who bemoan their lives as a matter of conversation.

    So what's your earliest memory? Those are pretty personal memories to me, so please don't be shy. Maybe it was when you wet your bed at a friends house ?
    Last edited by Longhairdontcare; 03-15-2019 at 05:45 PM. Reason: attempt at proofing :(
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    There was this brick wall in my house growing up, I can remember that whole house vividly even though we moved away when I was five. The floor to the kitchen was the old school gold laminate with the tiny faded blue flowers in the corners of each square pattern, a dingy white carpet running up to it. A white couch facing the large bay windows. The brick wall divded the two rooms and I was facing the wall and crying. I turned around probably because my dad called my name. In this memory he was huge. He comes rushing over and kneels down placing a hand on my shoulder/arm. He asks me what happened, and I tell him through my tears that mom is gone and I don't know where she is. He said something and hugged me. That's where the memory fades.
    There is another memory I think either older or from around the same time, but the imagery has faded now. I just know I was feeding ducks with my grandma.
    I have more memories but I had to have been older because in the next ones I was taller.

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    The blood curdling screams of my fathers enemies

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    I remember the first day I started school when I was 4 years old. And I know I can remember things before that day. (*Thinks deeply*) Can I remember a time before I could walk? ...YES! Yes I can, I remember I was in a navy pram with a plastic cover over and a white knitted wool blanket and a yellow and red and green and blue plastic toy with a ball and a circular handle. I have to say, that was surprising.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurence View Post
    I remember the first day I started school when I was 4 years old. And I know I can remember things before that day. (*Thinks deeply*) Can I remember a time before I could walk? ...YES! Yes I can, I remember I was in a navy pram with a plastic cover over and a white knitted wool blanket and a yellow and red and green and blue plastic toy with a ball and a circular handle. I have to say, that was surprising.
    You've officially reached Bean status from "Ender's Shadow".

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    A bright construction light pointing at a dark autumn sky inside the house our nearest neighbours were building - almost certainly before I was 7, but I can't say how old I was. Maybe 5. The memory is mostly significant in indicating that even my earliest memories are Se-memories involving some strong aesthetic element, but no people; all my strongest memories are.

    There must have been people there, but I don't remember them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marvin the Dendroid View Post
    A bright construction light pointing at a dark autumn sky inside the house our nearest neighbours were building - almost certainly before I was 7, but I can't say how old I was. Maybe 5. The memory is mostly significant in indicating that even my earliest memories are Se-memories involving some strong aesthetic element, but no people; all my strongest memories are.

    There must have been people there, but I don't remember them.
    People are always intruding on my memories. You're lucky
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    Quote Originally Posted by Longhairdontcare View Post
    People are always intruding on my memories. You're lucky
    ...except when I'm in a relationship, and my SO finds out I never remember anything involving her, including what she tells me.

    I have a killer memory for extremely long and complex passwords though.
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    The rough surface of the bedspread my mother placed me on after my christening - I believe I was about 1 at the time.

    I do have a lot of early life memories but they're here and there, not in a continuum. Quite a few of my earlier memories are to do with sensations, and what I thought of them (Si?).
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