What's the earliest thing you remember?

SheSaidSheSaidSheSaidSheSaid Washed Up
edited May 2012 in Less Rokk More Talk
Met a friend for lunch today, and this topic sorta came up organically. I have a few vague, context-less memories that predate this, but the first really solid memory I have is from the first grade. I went to a Catholic school in first grade, even though neither of my parents was ever a practicing Catholic. Somehow it made sense when I was younger :p My sister, 2 years older than me, also went to Catholic school the first 3 years of her school-life, and that's one of those vague memories I referred to, remembering her coming home from school.

Anyway, I was a bit of a tomboy when I was that young (yeah....I know :p ) and after school and at recess hours me and a bunch of other kids (mostly boys) loved to play a game called "Fly Up." It was very simple - one person was designated 'it' and he or she would dropkick the ball as high as possible, and if anyone caught it before it hit the ground and ran back with it over a certain end point, they would then become 'it.' Everyone tried to catch and tackle the person running the ball back. You wanted to be 'it,' but just like any good kid's game, there was really no end or ultimate way to 'win.' It just kept going. Of course this being a Catholic school, we all wore uniforms, and I got remarkably little grief for dirty'ing up my jumper. The boys, though.......the sisters weren't too happy with them :p

What's your earliest memory?

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  • Mega-TallicaMega-Tallica Washed Up
    edited May 2012
    I remember when Hurricane Floyd hit us. I think I was in 3rd or 2nd grade at the time. I remember my gramps being pissed because the basement flooded with 4 feet of water and a good chunk of his priceless baseball cards were ruined. I also remember watching my uncle out the window getting blown away while trying to carry in his wet vac. And I recall watching The Princess and The Goblin all day until the power finally went out. That was one of my favorite movies when I was young.

    I remember when I was in 1st grade, my teacher slipped the f-bomb in front of us because we couldn't be quiet and memorize the letter people and then she rushed out of the room and we had a substitute teacher the rest of the day, lol.

    And I have one very distinct early memory before kindergarten, but it's too depressing to share.
  • DrifterUKDrifterUK Awesome Lake Ninja
    edited May 2012
    The 2 that come to mind for me are when I was about 5 or so, I went to a farm with my parents and it had been raining so everything was quite wet. I think I climbed up a fence to get a better look at something, slipped and caught my chin on part of the fence or something and I have no idea how badly I actually damaged it, but it caused me to bite my tongue really hard and I vaguely remember crying for several hours, or at least what felt like several hours

    The second is my brother making me watch the music video to Firestarter by The Prodigy when I was really young, I have no idea why he did that, and even less idea why I remember it. Not a particularly interesting memory, but at least I like the song now
  • boodeanboodean Road Warrior
    edited May 2012
    when i was born i have a birthday every year lol lol
  • SheSaidSheSaidSheSaidSheSaid Washed Up
    edited May 2012
    The fact that you have a birthday every year means you remember being born? Um....okay.
  • jibjqrkljibjqrkl Eventually Perceptive
    edited May 2012
    pfff, where to start?

    In the beginning I created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and my spirit was hovering over the waters.

    And I said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. I saw that the light was good, and I separated the light from the darkness. I called the light “day,” and the darkness I called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
    And I said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” So I made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. I called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

    do I need to go on?
  • WitticusWitticus VERY DEEP
    edited May 2012
    First thing I remember was being a young boy around the age of 4 living in Germany and collecting slugs to put on my bicycle basket. I was a weird kid.
  • GreatJedi7GreatJedi7 Road Warrior
    edited May 2012
    I remember freaking out and crying while waiting in line to ride The Haunted Mansion against my will when I was rather young.
  • DerLindwurmDerLindwurm Road Warrior
    edited May 2012
    Redwood trees at Sequoia National Park. Looking up at them, and stumbling around on the ground that was covered with chips of bark. I guess I would have been 3 or 4 at that point.
  • Cipher_PeonCipher_Peon I don't get it at all
    edited May 2012
    I remember waking up and there was blood on my hands and a note that said "Nobody needs to know." And that's the last thing I remember.
  • dragoninforcerdragoninforcer UnWashed
    edited May 2012
    I remember my first pornographic experience.


    But before that, I think my first real memory was when I almost drowned playing in a pool when I was 4.
  • jibjqrkljibjqrkl Eventually Perceptive
    edited May 2012
    dragoninforcer;4730748 said:
    I remember my first pornographic experience.


    But before that, I think my first real memory was when I almost drowned playing in a pool when I was 4.

    are those 2 connected?
  • GreatJedi7GreatJedi7 Road Warrior
    edited May 2012
    Cipher_Peon;4730746 said:
    I remember waking up and there was blood on my hands and a note that said "Nobody needs to know." And that's the last thing I remember.

    *sigh* Great, so now I have to kill you!
  • dragoninforcerdragoninforcer UnWashed
    edited May 2012
    jibjqrkl;4730754 said:
    are those 2 connected?

    Actually, no :p
  • Lowlander2Lowlander2 FaIling Star
    edited May 2012
  • GreatJedi7GreatJedi7 Road Warrior
    edited May 2012
    jibjqrkl;4730599 said:
    pfff, where to start?

    In the beginning I created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and my spirit was hovering over the waters.

    And I said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. I saw that the light was good, and I separated the light from the darkness. I called the light “day,” and the darkness I called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
    And I said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” So I made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. I called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

    do I need to go on?

    STOP IMPRESSING ME!l!
  • BulzeebBulzeeb Road Warrior
    edited May 2012
    Making a snowman.

    I don't remember where or when it was, but since I've lived in Florida for as long as I can remember. The only other place I've lived but have almost no recollection of is Birmingham, Alabama. Must have snowed at some point in the one year we lived there.
  • NumskullNumskull Road Warrior
    edited May 2012
    Routinely lying awake at night at age three, wondering what that recurring sound was. (It was a train whistle.)
  • Lawdog1521Lawdog1521 Squirrel Chasing Expert
    edited May 2012
    When I was around two my mom moved back to the West coast and I vaguely remember this trip. She had a silver Pontiac Firebird with red interior. (Which in retrospect made my mom a bad ass. This was around 76 or 77.)

    Now, this was in the good old days before child safety laws required seat belts so I was free to bounce around the cabin while we cruised at 70 miles an hour down the freeway. Add to this a wiener dog that hated everybody, including me, and I'm fairly surprised I never fell out the window or was savagely bitten on the face.

    I also remember on this trip being terrified by a guy in a bunny costume at some greasy spoon situated somewhere in the South. (Possibly Texas, which is just as good as any reason to never go to Texas).

    My young mind couldn't grasp why:

    1. The rabbit was 6 foot tall.

    2. He walked in a bipedal fashion

    3. He wore a derby

    4. And all these facts seemed not to bother any adult authorities yet defied the laws of nature.

    I responded in the most logical fashion, crying and screaming to be let back in the car. For reasons that would only be clear when I reached adulthood, everyone there thought it was funny. (Said reason is because scaring children is fun and adults are *icks)
  • Dadasaurus RexDadasaurus Rex Rawwwwwwr!
    edited May 2012
    Off the top of my head probably the trip I took to Yosemite with my Grandparents at 3

    1. I Remember sitting in the back seat for an eternity eating Lay's potato chips and thinking about the Lay's commercial that had a bunch of people strung up in a dungeon because they couldn't eat just one chip. I thought to myself "I would definitely stop at one chip looking at these guys, why didn't they stop?"

    2. Grandpa probably a little too juiced up then trying to climb Yosemite falls and getting escorted down by the cops.

    3. Having to retreat to our car one of the nights because a Bear was ripping through campsites.
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