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Your first memory

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NanKate Mon 14-Apr-14 21:00:06

I was 3+ and was rushed into hospital with suspected polio, fortunately it proved not to be the case.

I can remember laying in my cot watching a black cockroach walk across the floor.

tanith Mon 14-Apr-14 21:17:13

I remember being dressed up for the Coronation street party I must of been four.

durhamjen Mon 14-Apr-14 21:31:30

I can remember my dad running up and down the yard of the fruit shop where we lived chasing after a big rat. The same place I remember running along the main road feeling terrified that I was going to be caught by the wolf that was running the other side of the fence.
I was three or four because we moved to another house before I was five.
My sister was born when we were in the fruit shop when I was three.

Mishap Mon 14-Apr-14 21:32:43

My first memory is a lovely one - it is walking across a wet lawn and stopping to wonder at the dew caught in a nasturtium. I was probably about 3. It is as vivid today as when it happened.

joannapiano Mon 14-Apr-14 21:55:22

I was watching my baby brother being bathed in a bowl in front of the fire,when a mouse ran out of the meter cupboard.My Mum screamed and water slopped over the hearth rug.
I was 3.

Aka Mon 14-Apr-14 22:44:05

Standing on a hill above the River Clyde with my father looking up at the new house we were going to live in. He was carrying my sister and it was winter, so I must have just been coming up for three.

ninathenana Mon 14-Apr-14 23:15:07

Waking up Christmas morning to find a large doll sitting in a red pushchair next to my bed. It was a month before my third birthday.

ninathenana Mon 14-Apr-14 23:16:58

Aka that sounds like a scene from a film. A touching memory.

Flowerofthewest Mon 14-Apr-14 23:18:16

Around 2 I was wandering into our kitchen and banged my head badly on the corner of the kitchen table. I still remember it as if it was yesterday. We left that home when I was 3 but a few years ago a friend from work was living in the exact style of flat just along from where we used to live. I walked into her home and knew exactly where every room was before she had shown me around.

janerowena Mon 14-Apr-14 23:21:32

Sitting in the big pram in the cold and semi-dark, with the hood up, and the smell of fresh bread.

My mother told me that I must have been just over one, she would put the bread behind me under a thing at the back that propped me up, and when she got home I would have somehow reached behind myself, gouged tiny pieces out of it and eaten them! So it must have been over the winter months, as I was born in October.

seasider Mon 14-Apr-14 23:24:03

Sitting on the edge of a cobbled street and the few cars seeming very big. I was two when we left there and the memory is still vivid .

nightowl Mon 14-Apr-14 23:37:23

Finding myself alone in a corridor (actually a hallway) in a part of the house I didn't recognise, with the sound of silence ringing in my ears. I remember crying and my mum appearing to take me back to the kitchen. It was an old farm cottage which we left just before my fourth birthday. I think I had found myself near the 'front room' which was only used when the doctor visited!

kittylester Tue 15-Apr-14 15:49:24

Being woken when the doctor came into my bedroom by mistake on the night my twin brothers were born! I told my mother that I even saw the black bag he had brought the babies in!! I was nearly three and a half!

MiniMouse Tue 15-Apr-14 16:09:29

Nursery school: bunny hops round the garden; lining up for elevenses when we were given a drink and a handful of raisins or grapenuts; playing hide and seek - I hid under the piano and accidentally sat on one of those toys where you hammer in the wooden 'nails' & had to be taken to the GP sad (no lasting damage, I still had two children!!) One of the other children gave me a BIG hug to make me feel better smile I would have been about three and a half I suppose.

numberplease Tue 15-Apr-14 16:40:44

Dancing at my mother`s wedding reception in the evening, with another bridesmaid, Elaine Booth. I was 3, she` was about 6, this was back in October 1946. We wore pale blue dresses with tiny flowers on, and matching little flat caps on our heads, tied on with ribbon, and carried matching muffs instead of flowers. My mother wore a proper wedding dress, but in pale blue, it was her second wedding, my father died before I was born.

Soutra Tue 15-Apr-14 17:37:56

Mine us much less edifying!! I clearly remember shouting out to my mother for what one might refer to as "lavatorial assistance"tbublush in German (my first language pre-school) - "Mutti komm' wisch mir's Po***chen ab" - so I think I can't have been more than 3!!!

Thistledoo Tue 15-Apr-14 18:42:37

I have many intermittent early memories, the reason I think is that my dear mother died very suddenly when I was 2 years and 10 months.
My earliest memory is strangely, being lifted up by my feet having my nappy changed, my mother was chatting with someone in the room, I was lying on what seemed like a table. I have no idea how old I was but we were living at the time in the house where I was born. We left that house when I was one year old. I know this as I was looking at the lattice windows which were in this old house.
I think babies are far more switched on than we give them credit for.

Nelliemoser Tue 15-Apr-14 18:57:48

An early one was being in the back living room of my parents house. I had picked up her lipstick and tried to apply it to myself. As I was doing so there was a window cleaner laughing at the mess I had made of my face. (Still cant get it on straight.) Probably 2or 3.

MiceElf Tue 15-Apr-14 19:19:54

I remember sitting in the tin bath in front of the fire and playing with the soap. I remember the smell too, it must have been Wrights Coal Tar.

Grannyknot Tue 15-Apr-14 23:03:24

Playing in the sand under the house (built on a slope so that end of it was up on stilts) next to my grandad's outdoor workshop, looking for ant lions or sand lions as we used to call them. I must have been taught this by my grandfather, I was between 3 and 4 years old. Here's what they are:

And the reason I know I remember this, is I took my mother back to that house (where she grew up) when she knew she didn't have long to live, and the memory was so strong, I walked around the house and straight to there and said what I was looking for.

rosesarered Wed 16-Apr-14 13:18:48

At my 3rd birthday party, being lifted up onto a table to sing a song to amuse the company of children and adults, I sang it but fluffed a line and cried [I remember feeling mortified that I had the words wrong!]All the other children and the adults too then did their own 'party pieces', songs poems etc and somebody then played on our piano.

AlieOxon Wed 16-Apr-14 13:38:59

'.....babies are far more switched on than we give them credit for'.

I'm sure they are. I remember crawling across the hall floor towards the front door, which was open and sunny - and I know I wanted to get to the pole outside (which held up the porch) and pull myself up!

felice Wed 16-Apr-14 14:29:34

Crawling around the sofa with a ball of wool tied to my ankle and the cat chasing it, I walked at 12 months so before that. not sure really of the scenario but well!!!!!!!

annodomini Wed 16-Apr-14 14:41:00

First definite memory is the arrival of my sister when I was 2 and 9 months. I can remember the smell of her (pleasant, not poo) and her soft, dark curls. The next memory is a few months later when I fell off my granny's sofa and fractured my right elbow and had to go in a taxi to Kilmarnock for an x-ray.

apricot Wed 16-Apr-14 20:18:45

I can remember being in my pram, looking up at a tree, and playing under the table and chairs. These memories were before we moved abroad when I was 2 and from then on I remember hundreds of early things. I'm the family oracle on what happened when!