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post #31 of 46
ive been blessed with a very wonderful childhood, i have lots of great memories.

one of my favorites is i must have been around 2 or 3, and i was daddys little girl and hated when he would go to work, i would cry and be really upset, so one day i took his keys and hid them in the bottom of my toybox LMAO...it took a while but finally i fessed up and he was late for work.

prob from 7-15 i hung out non stop with my cousin annette, we lived 2 doors apart from each other and i never laughed and had so much fun with anyone in my life, we were terrors...it got so bad that my mom wouldnt allow us to hang out at my house and we always had to hang out at my aunts house, we always loved to annoy the hell out of her...my poor aunt. to this day whenever me and annette get together we are still the giddy freaks we were back then, shes def the closest thing ive ever had to a sister.

during the teen years mom became my best friend and dad was a real pain in the ass! he used to piss me off so bad, always setting ridiculous curfews, real strict, and then my mom would always have to talk him into being easier on me, but sometimes he wouldnt budge. the thing that annoyed me the most is whenever i went out on a date or out with friends, when they would be dropping me off be standing right in the front door looking out and waiting to let me in...ughhhhhh....that was sooooo embarrassing, then the first car date, i was supposed to be home at 10pm, well we pulled in front up the street a little bit and the goodnite kiss turned into making out passed my curfew.....well wouldnt ya know it theres a knock on the window and its my dad!!! i guess thats how it is when you have an italian father....now i can look back on it all and laugh but back then i didnt like it too much!

and now that im on my own im close with both my parents.
post #32 of 46
I've been cursed with a good memory. I remember too many things.
post #33 of 46
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I've been cursed with a good memory. I remember too many things.
Hey - It's ok... your experiences made you who you are... So... if you are proud of yourself, then forgive your memories and understand that you are blessed to have had those moments, even if they were bad... You would not be this great person you are without them! That's the way I see it anyways...
post #34 of 46
My memory is not so good, not sure why but anything prior to highschool I dont remember...I have a few memories from before highschool but not many...
post #35 of 46
I'm not sure what the difference is between the two choices I could write in continuity after about age 4.

Sometimes I feel like I lived several lifetimes before I turned 18. So much happened - too much that was bad, horrific and scary. But, we had some pretty amazing times, too. Good times that created lasting bonds. I'm glad my brothers and sister are around. We remember both the good and bad. If one of us gets too upset or sad, another will throw out another memory to make them laugh Laughter really does get us through most things.
post #36 of 46
Thread Starter 
I made a list and I came up with 52 things I remember from birth to about age 18.

Each memory is a like snapshot; I do not remember what came before or after, I do not remember the story at all, I have the flash of the image in my head. The snapshots are of very traumatic or very emotional events so I don't want to give graphic examples here. Evidently, people who were abused in childhood do not remember much...

So, for 52 seconds of memories, that means I can recall about one minute of my childhood. As some of you have said, it's probably for the best.

Thanks for all the responses; this has been very interesting. And there are some great stories, too, and lots of good memories which is a happy thing to see!
post #37 of 46
I could write a narrative. I am one of the odd ones who had an abusive childhood and still have a good memory of it. Sometimes I think it would've been better if I had followed the usual pattern and have few memories of my childhood. Maybe having a good memory of it has allowed me to process it, deal with it and get past it. People who don't remember much of it are still affected by it and have destructive patterns in life, they just don't see it or know where it comes from.
post #38 of 46
my family whines about how crappy our life was growing up. But when i look back i have only happy memories. Well I do have SOME bad ones, but only from stuff I did wrong and got in trouble. Like burning down my neighbor's shack on base, and my dad losing a stripe because of it

Although, i think the answer would have to be no to the question since nobody remembers birth or infancy.

I think the earliest memory I have is flushing my sister's diaper down the toilet. This was before disposable diapers and they soaked them in the toilet I guess? I was only 2 when i did this.
post #39 of 46
I wouldn't write one even if I could.

I don't have a lot of memories from childhood and 90% of them are not happy ones. I've tried my best to forget most of those years!
post #40 of 46
Nope sadly.I have found some of the meds I have taken to try to control my bi-polar disorder have erased or made alot of memories fuzzy.I do have some wonderful childhood memeories but no way I would write a narattive about my life.
post #41 of 46
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A narrative of some of the most vivid things: the marketplace in Italy, a Gyspy caravan, the poison ivy behind my swingset that I was terrified of.
Such interesting early childhood memories
My most vivid, earliest memory is my cat Smudge accidentally walking on snail poison & dying I remember grabbing the cold,limp body & my big brothers taking it away from me, and then the burial, near the clothes line, & me sobbing, clinging to the clothesline pole. My brothers put up a cross at the gravesite & I used to decorate that cross for months & months.
post #42 of 46
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...People who don't remember much of it are still affected by it and have destructive patterns in life, they just don't see it or know where it comes from.
Please be careful about making broad sweeping generalizations like this.

The vast majority of adults who were abused as children do know they were abused even if they cannot recall all the details. In fact, most of the memories are about the abuse and little else, and many of us have been able to stop the cycle of abuse.
post #43 of 46
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Originally Posted by SwampWitch View Post
Please be careful about making broad sweeping generalizations like this.

The vast majority of adults who were abused as children do know they were abused even if they cannot recall all the details. In fact, most of the memories are about the abuse and little else, and many of us have been able to stop the cycle of abuse.
I agree Dh grew up with a verbally abusieve neglectful father. He does everything to make sure he is the best father. he doesn't want to repeat the cycle
post #44 of 46
I can remember most of my childhood from about age 3. I'm 18 now so everything is still fresh in my mind - some good and some bad. My Mum was 16 when she had me so my childhood was tough with a lot of moving around - I've lived in 11 houses so far.
post #45 of 46
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I only remember bits and pieces, but I had a pretty crappy childhood though. I think I blocked a lot of it out. My sister remembers a lot more than I do.
Same here...bits and pieces and the bits I do remember are mostly not so good. Not terrible and there were some good memories...but I wouldn't say it was an awesome childhood.
post #46 of 46
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Originally Posted by Denice View Post
Maybe having a good memory of it has allowed me to process it, deal with it and get past it. People who don't remember much of it are still affected by it and have destructive patterns in life, they just don't see it or know where it comes from.
That's a bit presumptuous. We didn't all have the same experiences; we don't all have the same personality, and we cope in different ways.
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