December 9, 2012

Daily Prompt: Childhood Revisited

Posted in The Daily Post tagged at 5:23 pm by Reva

Daily Post: Childhood Revisited: What is your earliest memory? Describe it in detail, and tell us why you think that experience was the one to stick with you.

Two of my earliest memories involve my younger brother when he was a baby.  There are just over two years age difference between us, and one of the memories involves a photograph so I often wondered if it was the photo the prompted the memory.

When I was two and a half and my brother was a few weeks old, my dad wanted to get a photo of the two of us dressed up on the couch.  I’m not sure what we were dressed up for but I have an extremely vivid memory of not wanting that photo taken.  I can picture myself pulling away from my dad, trying to get out the back door because I DIDN’T WANT MY PHOTO TAKEN!!!  The kitchen was dark but outside the sun was bright, and much more appealing than having a photo taken.  Mum was in a different part of the house, I think she was getting ready to go out.

I don’t see myself as being particularly stubborn generally but I guess that there’s a certain age when we all have to make our wants known.

Whenever I see the photo of me sitting on the end of my parents old couch, arms crossed and angry look on my face, with my baby brother propped up next to me I remember the scene.

The other memory I have was from a few weeks earlier.  I have a clear memory of walking into a hospital room to visit my mum when my brother was born.  The room was down the corridor from the nurses’ station on the right.  We walked into the room and mum was on the left.  I don’t remember much else, and I’ve never asked my mum if I’m remember a real memory or if it’s something I’ve fabricated or dreamed (on the other hand I’m pretty sure the memory I have of my auntie landing a plane in our backyard to take us to her house for a holiday is a dream).