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Memories: How Far Back Can You Remember?
We all have memories imprinted in our brains. Some dance around vaguely, while others take root deeply with numerous details. We often refer to these memories when in converstions with others, experiencing things, watching a movie, eating dinner, etc. Basically, it doesn't take much sometimes for our brains to trigger a memory of our past whether it's something we always think back on or have forgotten till something has brought it back up again.
For the sake of just writing them down because I never have, I will list my memories as far back as I can remember. No point intended really, just a random thought that crossed my mind regarding these experiences of my past. Who knows, maybe I'll find some strange explanation from my past that links to my life now that I never put together. So here it goes:
As far back as I can remember....
when I was 3 or 4, there was a black spider on our wall that my Dad decided to name Joseph. He didn't seem as scary to me since I knew his name,
at the same age, I bit the lip of the boy next door who tried to kiss me while we were walking and ran home mad,
being up late with my Dad and his friends listening to them playing the guitar and him letting me play with the microphone,
having a pet goldfish that I was ecsatic to have but would feel sorry for because it could only swim back and forth in a small bowl,
I remember the exact layout of the apartment we lived in when I was 3 or 4,
grabbing towels for my Mom when her water broke, running from the bathroom to the room wondering "what water?",
jumping off the steps at church on Sundays with my friends, seeing how high we could jump from,
jumping off of a chair at my aunt's house spraining both my ankles,
going to McDonald's every morning with my Papa and Mama (grandparents) drinking up a bunch of the little creamers and playing with the containers afterwards,
going with my grandparents to feed the ducks at the lake,
crying everyday when I first started school, usually being one of the last ones to be picked up,
seeing my parents and grandparents watching me sing "I'm a Little Teapot" at my preschool graduation,
my Dad surprising me with my best friend hiding in the trunk end of his little hatch back when picking me up from school, I got in the back seat and she popped up to surprise me,
finding it exciting when I could help carry the groceries from the garage door to the kitchen,
playing with our German Shephard, King....and trying to ride on his back like a horse,
calling my Uncle Alex, Alex and Underwear (?)
my Dad rubbing sand on my feet to dry them off before getting back in the car from the beach,
hanging out on the rocks or the pier fishing with my best friend and our Dads,
the taste of coconut pineapple ice-cream, a flavor I only remember having when visiting my Lola (grandma) in L.A.,
my Grandpa watching the Dodgers game,
listening to him singing loud and proudly, old Army cadences on sunny mornings,
the feeling of independence from the wind in my face when riding my bike around the neighborhood,
being the flower girl in many weddings, one I could never forget- when I got to the front of the chapel and sat down in my chair, my big poofy dress flipped right up to my face......
never leaving my Mom's side when out shopping always being scared of getting lost,
swinging so high on the swings on my preschool playground that I could see past the top of the brick wall out on to the street,
swinging at what I thought was a fly while washing my hands at preschool before lunch and getting stung by a bee near the corner of my right eye,
not being jealous at all when my little sister won a Real Baby doll at the mall, it reminded me of Chucky,
watching my cousin dancing on top of the coffee table while she sang (to this day she doesn't remember that)
waking up in the car on our way home from L.A. on the side of the freeway with 2 kids next to me crying while my Dad helped their Mom find the baby who flew out of the front window of their car in an accident,
getting my head stuck between the back of a chair in a shoe department at a store, and the fire department having to come to get my head out...(lol!)
(Sigh) I think that about does it for now. Interestingly the majority of these memories for me happened before my sister was born. That made me the age of 3 or 4 at the time. Sitting and trying to think back as far as I can remember, those were what I could come up with so far. An interesting excercise at best. It's nice to take a glance of this list and remember those times and even more that are triggered just from reading them.
I like to think that we can push our brains to remember more if we just dedicate the time to try. Our memory is such a valueable treasure. I think it's a good idea to take the time out of our busy everyday schedules to take a look back sometimes and relive any positive past experiences. Even nicer when you get a chance to share them. I'll have to let my kids get a glance of this, maybe I can hear some of their memories as well. What about you, how far back can you remember?
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