Sometimes I wonder just how accurate our memories are. Funnily enough, the older I get, the more early memories seem to surface. I think this happens to everyone - but to what degree are they accurate? And why is it that we remember some things with what seems to be such clarity while other things have faded completely and only resurface after a jogging from someone else who shares the same memory?
For example, a few years ago I found out that a school friend with whom I had not had contact for fifty years, lived only about thirty miles away from where I live - and I also had her address. So I wrote to her and we arranged to meet for lunch - and recognised one another immediately. (forwarned is forarmed of course). Needless to say, we reminisced - she remembered some things and I remembered others - but there were hardly any shared memories. Things which had made enough impression on me to stick in the depths of my memory had passed her by - and vice versa.
So I have raked the corners of my mind to think of my earliest memories - perhaps you could do the same and we could all share them.
When I was about three I fell into the garden pond in my sister's garden. A neighbour's daughter who was about eight years old was playing with me and she ran and got my sister and I was pulled out. That night the pond was filled in. Possibly my earliest memory I think.
I started school when I was just over four years old. At the time I had a blue knitted teddy which I called 'Woolly'. He came to bed with me every night. One night when I looked for him he had gone and my mother said that now I was a big girl at school I didn't need him any more and she had given him to a neighbour's baby to play with. (when I think that my son, who is well into his fifties, still has the toys he used to line up in his bed at night, I suppose I should have been devastated - but I wasn't and seem to have accepted it. )
Another very early memory is of seeing an airship go over our house very low in the sky. I was always told it was the Hindenberg shortly before it crashed, but I have never looked into it - just presume it was either that or the R101.
Just three early memories from my store. Have you any from your store?
**I should add that my son has the toys in a box in the loft - not still lined up along the foot of his bed every night!!