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My Very First and Lasting Memory

Updated on September 15, 2011
brother and sister
brother and sister

My father had been previously married, and had a son, who, because my dad was in the service, was being raised by our grandmother in OK.

He was four years older than me, which made my first memory at the age of two. I recall my mom asking me if I would like a brother, and apparently I said yes :)

The time came for my brother to come home and I remember going to pick him up. He came to us on a bus (I think). It was winter, I was dressed in my snowsuit, and when he got off the bus, he walked to the car. He was on crutches at the time. I was so excited I barely let him get settled in the back seat and I was climbing all over him giving him big hugs. My mom said I had to be careful not to hurt his leg.

We grew up in the 50s/60s. The time came when my brother joined the service. I was a freshman in high school, and remember being very upset that he was going away. I wrote to him and sent him my homemade chocolate chip cookies. These are very pleasant memories :)


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    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi myownworld,

      My brother and I were fortunate in that our parents took us on vacations to CA, TX and OK to visit family, and a lot of summers were spent at the shore with other family members.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      8 years ago from uk

      listening to the Elvis song as I read....beautiful...! There's nothing more special than the memories we make of the times spent with I can completely relate. Thank you once again for sharing... :)

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago


      Awww, thanks so much for your thoughts. Didn't mean to bring tears to your eyes :)

      The scene is as vivid today as it was when it happened. Just had a thought, I should ask him, because I never did, if he was as happy to get a sister LOL,,,

      Thanks for stopping by,


    • VioletSun profile image


      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      This is so sweet, kinda made my eyes wet. LOL! I actually could see the image of a little girl beaming at the thought of having an older brother and baking cookies as a teenager for her bro while in the service. The story became alive in my mind. :) 

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Hi G-Ma,

      Yes it is nice. I have a lot of fond memories from my childhood. My mom made being a kid fun :)

      Hi Just_Rodney,

      Thanks for your comment

      Thank you both for stopping by,


    • Just_Rodney profile image

      Rodney Fagan 

      10 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thanks for sharing that memory with us all.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile image

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Is good to hear of pleasant memories from our childhood. I have many also with being the eldest of 4 girls hee hee...G-Ma :o) hugs

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Hi Kim,

      It worked out great! When I became of 'dating' age, I had a lot of choices LOL,,,

      Thanks for stopping by


    • Kim Cantrell profile image

      Kim Cantrell 

      10 years ago from Deep In The Pages of a Book

      That is a beautiful memory! How many of us can wish for a brother/sister and get one that's *older*?? lol Thanks for sharing!


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