What's your earliest memory of life?

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#1 Posted by Trail_Mix (2579 posts) -

Ya know how we typically end up forgetting the early stages of our lives the older we get. So like, off the top of your head, how far back in your life can you remember? It can be any silly, random memory.

For me, I remember when I was pretty young, basically a baby still. When it was time for me to eat I'd be put in a high chair right in the middle of the living room doorway. The house I lived in was very small, so there wasn't really a place for me to be put besides the living room. I remember being given some mashed potatoes and having this strange urge to stick my hands in them. The texture just seemed so interesting to me at the time, I couldn't help but play with my food. I ended making a huge mess in the process.

Yeah, It's a real dumb memory. I don't know why I remember it, but whatevs.

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#2 Posted by Makhaidos (2162 posts) -

I broke my nose when I was about three years old. It's mentally and biologically impossible to remember anything before about age 30 months.

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#3 Posted by Smokescreened84 (2565 posts) -

I have a very hazy memory of being in the womb, and I mean really hazy, I remember a warmth and a very soothing sound. I also remember nappy changes and being cuddled, I remember my mum taking a picture of me when I was about a year old, maybe a little older, while I had my teething ring on my head. I remember my mum crying after my dad yelled at her about something, I remember cuddling with my dog, I can remember being in my crib.

Although it's supposed to be impossible to remember such early memories, I remember them and I like them.

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#4 Posted by zeroyaoi (2458 posts) -

3(maybe 4). I bit a kid who wouldn't stop bothering me with a squirtgun.

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#5 Posted by zeroyaoi (2458 posts) -

@Makhaidos:

Do you still remember how it felt?

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#6 Edited by Makhaidos (2162 posts) -

@zeroyaoi said:

@Makhaidos:

Do you still remember how it felt?

No, but I know it was unpleasant because I was screaming and had to go to the hospital. Although, according to my mom, I was very calm on the way there--I don't remember that part at all, however.

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#7 Edited by 4myAmuzumament (1791 posts) -

Playing with those flip-head power rangers when I was four at a birthday party and a kid threw his ranger into a tree.

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#8 Posted by poptart (7120 posts) -

Being in a cot, taking a shit in a potty and having my nappy changed. Which came first I don't know, although I'm guessing the potty shit was post-nappy change

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#9 Edited by Judas_ (319 posts) -

Watching my father leave.......................

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#10 Posted by chessmaster1989 (30204 posts) -

When I was four I fell off part of the playground in preschool. I got really mad because I thought someone had pushed me. :P

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#11 Edited by plageus900 (2435 posts) -

@Makhaidos said:

I broke my nose when I was about three years old. It's mentally and biologically impossible to remember anything before about age 30 months.

That sounds about right. My earliest memory is of my first home; the power going out and the wind howling outside. I was about 2.5 years old.

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#12 Edited by MrGeezer (59303 posts) -

I want to say that I remember being born, but that's probably not likely. More likely is that at some point as a kid I had a dream about being born, and I'm simply remembering having that dream.

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#13 Posted by MrGeezer (59303 posts) -

@Makhaidos said:

I broke my nose when I was about three years old. It's mentally and biologically impossible to remember anything before about age 30 months.

Just out of curiosity, when does that start being true?

Obviously it has to be sometime AFTER 30 months of age, because otherwise people who are under 30 months of age wouldn't be able to remember what happened one minute ago.

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#14 Posted by darkmark91 (3036 posts) -

Being attacked by a dog, hence the reason I had terrible fears of all dogs as a kid :( It took me to my very late teens to get slightly comfortable with them. I am in my early 20's now, and I still jump a little at dogs. :(

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#16 Edited by -Renegade (8340 posts) -

i was 4 or 5 and the earliest memory i have is getting run over by a bicycle.

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#17 Edited by Ace6301 (21389 posts) -

I was joking with my family awhile ago about stupid stuff we did when we were kids and I mentioned throwing a sugar jar off a counter. Supposedly I was 2 when that happened. It's possible I was told about it and have simply constructed the scene out of what I was told but supposedly I described it pretty well and they figure I just remember it.

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#18 Posted by tocool340 (21189 posts) -

Sometime back when my mom and dad were both together. So....around 1-2 years old...

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#19 Edited by johnd13 (9344 posts) -

I was about 2. Sitting on the floor of our kitchen(in the house I lived the first 12 years of my life) playing with my small red toy car while my "babysitter" was seated at one of the kitchen chairs smoking...

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#20 Posted by sukraj (27508 posts) -

I don't remember anything.

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#21 Posted by Makhaidos (2162 posts) -

@MrGeezer said:

@Makhaidos said:

I broke my nose when I was about three years old. It's mentally and biologically impossible to remember anything before about age 30 months.

Just out of curiosity, when does that start being true?

Obviously it has to be sometime AFTER 30 months of age, because otherwise people who are under 30 months of age wouldn't be able to remember what happened one minute ago.

At whatever point your limbic system has developed enough to generate and maintain a sense of cognitive self via the ability to create and sustain autobiographical memories.

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#22 Posted by Stranger_36 (608 posts) -

I think my earliest one is getting on a school bus and telling my Mom I loved her. Corny, I know.

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#23 Edited by GazaAli (25216 posts) -

I remember being with my mom in the kitchen while all my sisters went to school that day. She was making "Molokheyya" that day and I was standing next to her. I was probably 2.5-3 years old.

Though I find it hard to believe that you're able to remember a time when you were still being fed by others.

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#24 Posted by PiscesChick93 (10724 posts) -

Walking into my nursery wearing a 90s tracksuit. Popular at the time :P

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#25 Posted by LexLas (7270 posts) -

My earliest childhood memory is learning to walk, and headed to the light at the end of the hallway. It was a light bulb that hung on a string at the end of the hall way. I used to try to get to it on my walker as a baby.

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#26 Posted by Brain_Duster (473 posts) -

@Judas_ said:

Watching my father leave.......................

omg r u srs? :(

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#27 Posted by mindstorm (15254 posts) -

@Makhaidos said:

I broke my nose when I was about three years old. It's mentally and biologically impossible to remember anything before about age 30 months.

I remember events from when I was about 20 months old. For instance, I remember going with my mom into town, me sitting in a chair (though not wanting to), having my picture made, and riding in the back seat back home. When I was about 15 I looked on the back of the picture and according to the date my mom had written I would have been about 20 months old.

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#28 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (23432 posts) -

Somewhere in Japan. I ran away from my mom and two (U.S.) marines picked me up.

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#29 Posted by Judas_ (319 posts) -

@Brain_Duster said:

@Judas_ said:

Watching my father leave.......................

omg r u srs? :(

Mhm................Remember him telling me to behave for mom, ruffling my hair, and walking away................

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#30 Posted by Judas_ (319 posts) -

@darkmark91: I got bit by a dog when I was around three.................

Being near one kind of makes me want to lose my shit....................

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#31 Posted by LittleMac19 (1638 posts) -

During recess when I was in kindergarten I told this girl that I owned a magic pencil that granted wishes and she said "cool, if I make a wish will it bring me a pony when I'm older"? I was like yea sure and I let her have it. I don't remember anything after that though. I think that was around 1995-1996.

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#32 Posted by Makhaidos (2162 posts) -

@LittleMac19 said:

During recess when I was in kindergarten I told this girl that I owned a magic pencil that granted wishes and she said "cool, if I make a wish will it bring me a pony when I'm older"? I was like yea sure and I let her have it. I don't remember anything after that though. I think that was around 1995-1996.

That is so adorable. You should find this girl, get her a pony, and marry her.

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#33 Edited by HuggyBear1020 (467 posts) -

I remember sitting in the back of some guy's car who would drive my mom around to different places for "jobs" and we'd wait in the car for her. When I was little I used to think he was like her boyfriend or something, but when I got older and wised up a little I realized that he was her handler or manager or whatever the hell you want to call a guy who manages prostitutes.

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#34 Posted by poptart (7120 posts) -

@huggybear1020:

A babysitting pimp - pimp nanny's I think they're called.

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#35 Posted by nigellalawson30 (33 posts) -

i remember i was in my grandfathers house there is a little puppy who was brought home by my uncle and he was angry at me cause i was asking him .......idk about the puppy again and again or if he was scared or irritated because my grandfather dont like dogs at that time in their house.........