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Old 11-07-2001, 04:16 AM   #1
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What is your earliest memory of yourself?

I'm curious about how far people can remember into their past and what their earliest recollections of themselves are. My oldest memory is, when I was two years old, my Mum took me to the church to be baptized. My family isn't religious at all, but my grandmother was a -very- devoted Russian Orthodox believer, so she insisted that I and all my siblings should be baptized.

Anyway, I remember it all very clearly. I wore a dark-green woolen dress with a white satin collar. The church was really dark, with low ceiling and a lot of people crammed into the confined space, most with the small children like me. I remember how the priest dipped me into the big bowl with holy water, all the while murmuring something under his breath, while I was busy screaming my head off with shock, My Mum thinks it's very strange that I can remember myself so early...

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I remember when I was 2 years old. That means my older sister Julie was 5, so she was school age. Every morning when she'd leave, I would stand at the door and watch her through the door window as she walked down the street, screaming and crying because I didn't want her to leave me. I either wanted her to stay, or I wanted to go to school too. I remember how much I couldn't wait to go to school...

Here I am...17 years later...in college...and all I wanna do is get OUT of school...*lol* *sigh*

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Old 11-07-2001, 08:51 AM   #3
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I remember only one thing from my early childhood - I was nearly 2 years old and was visiting my parents' friends house. It's strange that being that young I remebered so many details, like what the glass table in living room looked like, what was the colour of woman's dress and how she breast-fed her new-born baby. It's probably because I fell off the stairs for a first time there (I remember that it was covered with a green carpet and had no protection-rails) and it was a big schock for such a young kid I was at the time...

btw - my mom always says that during that fall I probably hit some point in the brain responsible for addictions which caused me to be a U2 fanatic...
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Old 11-07-2001, 09:23 AM   #4
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Old 11-07-2001, 09:56 AM   #5
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That must be that i was digging holes that kept collapsing in a heap of gravel during a summer holiday in Austria when I was 2 years old.

Don't know why I remember this, there are no pictures of it, it's not the most exciting thing in the world (though I must have found it very exciting then), but it's my first memory of myself

Also, how far can people remember. It's proven that you can remember things back till you were about 2, not really earlier. All things you remember of what happened before that, you don't actually remember, but you think you remember it, but you only know it because someone told you so, you saw films/photos of it or you just made it up yourself and started believing in your own fantasies.

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Old 11-07-2001, 11:14 AM   #6
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One of my first memories is when I was about 3 and the boy who lived next door broke my yellow teapot...it was a huuuge yellow teapot with little toy people inside. I also remember being at nursery school and drinking the milk from tiny glass bottles and I rememebr when we moved house and knneling on the floor with my cereal bowl on the sofa and I was eating it.

All these things happened at roughly the same time but they were my earliest memories :-)
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Old 11-07-2001, 07:24 PM   #7
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I don't know how old I was, but my earliest memory is of waking up in the middle of the night because there was a bullfrog in my crib. I'm still convinced that there really was one bc my memory of it is so vivid. Needless to say I'm not a big fan of frogs.

My other early memories have more to do with colors than anything else. Like bright pink and blue tissue paper in my easter basket.
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Old 11-07-2001, 08:33 PM   #8
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It is till the source of one of my worst phobias today.

When I was about 3 years old, I was in the nursery while my parents were in the worship service at church. Well, 2 girls from the youth department came down dressed up as clowns - costumes, make-up, and all. I ran screaming under the farthest kiddie table in the room and continued screaming until the monsters left. I still remember it vividly, and I still despise clowns passionately.
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My earliest memory is when I fell on the kitchen floor and busted my chin wide open. I think I was about 3. That seems to be the magic number for remembering childhood experiences!

So I remember the car ride to the hospital and my mom sitting with me in the back seat holding my chin with papertowles. I also remember them putting that cover over me preparing to stitch up my chin. And when it was done they gave me a pineapple dum dum.

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Old 11-07-2001, 08:59 PM   #10
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I opened a dumdum the other day thinking it was pineapple as the color and label were the same; it was a new flavor, "Buttered Popcorn," which is sickening for a lollipop.
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Old 11-07-2001, 09:34 PM   #11
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I reached into the toilet and grabbed the piece of chocolate floating aroung in there and ate it.

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Old 11-08-2001, 12:20 AM   #12
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You know how lizards often get squished on the hinges of your door? I put my fingers there once during a party and someone opened the door really wide. My mother cried cos she thought I lost my digits altogether.

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Old 11-08-2001, 04:31 AM   #13
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My earliest memory was when I was about 2, we lived next door to the most feral mother on the planet. I was standing at the gate at the end of the driveway, this little girl of about 5 was on hers and threw rocks at me. I ran inside to dob and mum called the police cos it was about the 50th time mum could remember this little girl being left alone while her mother was down the local RSL getting pissed and playing the cardies. I only know the last bit because of the police car and mum filling me in on what happened years later when I mentioned it, she was amazed too. Needless to say, it was the last time we ever saw the little girl.

Another memory from about the same time, same house, my sister locked me in a cupboard telling me I was her baby now and I had to have my bottle which was a bottle of floor cleaner. Gosh I love my sis
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Old 11-08-2001, 10:26 AM   #14
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when I was 2, sitting on the kitchen floor watching my mom-- who was pregnant with my sister-- do chores around the house. I think I was trying to be cute at the time by wearing a pot on my head.
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I don't recall exactly how old I was, but I remember swimming. And I wasn't alone...there were many, many with me. I think they were relatives, but I haven't seen them since. I seem to remember we all had a common goal in mind; sort of a race.

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Old 11-09-2001, 03:01 AM   #16
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i remember sitting in the high chair in the front room of our old house and looking out the screen door at our above ground pool.
i wouldnt have been any older than 2.

apparently i asked a lot of questions.why is the sky blue kinda thing. i said the word 'dangerous' a lot too.
they thought i was going to be a child genious.
god knows what happened...
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Old 11-10-2001, 12:54 PM   #17
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my earliest memory is about 2 yrs later than most of yours (I was slow right from the start )
we were on a plane to RSA, I was about 4, and my little sister was 2..my mom was pregnant so we had to sit by bathroom where there was more space..
I remember my dad's feet propped up on the wall and those ugly brown blankets they give you on planes..
really random memory

another fairly early memory, I have is of going up to the road at the front of my property completely naked and squirting cars with a water gun..I was a wild one right from the beginning too!
(crazy + stupid = trouble)

lol Ang, sis's are just lovable lil things arent they?

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Old 11-21-2001, 05:48 PM   #18
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my earliest memory that is so clear i can see it exactly to this day was when i was 7 years old. it was a nice minnesota summer day so my family was outside playing baseball...being american. well, we heard this big screech and we looked up and a B-52 bomber was flying over head on its way to war.

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Old 11-21-2001, 10:24 PM   #19
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One of my earliest memories was of being at one of my brother's swim meets and going off to look at the butterflies around some flowers nearby. I ended up catching one, but I was careful to catch it just by holding the wings so that I wouldn't hurt it. I thought it was really beautiful and I was proud that I caught it. I showed it to my mom and sat on her lap while still holding it. A baby in a mother's arms beside us reached over and grabbed the body and killed it. I felt so guilty. If I hadn't caught it, it would still be flying around the flowers with its friends.
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I have a couple of memories which I think are both from when I was no more than about two. I was at the local pool with my mum, I guess she was holding me in her lap, and we were watching my brother's swimming lesson. I was holding a baby book and I dropped it over the railing. It was a long way to the ground. The way I remember it there was this baby book with a bear or something on the cover staring back up at me from what looked like about ten thousand miles down. I think I remember being scared.

The other memory is of my brother pushing me in a pram. We came to this teeny little hill in the park near our house and he let go of the pram! It wasn't malicious, he just wanted to give me a fun little ride (so I'm told ) and the pram turned over! I have this memory of...everything turning over. But no harm done. Apparently he was quite upset so I don't think it was an attempt to do away with me!

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