Early Memories

Monday, May 12, 2008

This is because Nancy kind of tagged everyone who read her post on her earliest memories... here are mine... when I started thinking I found there were many...

Age 2-2.5
My friend A and I, both of us of the same age, running a race in the wide sit-out of my house. Me winning the race but hitting my face on the parapet wall and getting a blood clot on the front tooth...which stayed brown till I lost it at 5...

Pure Hearsay
Being very talkative and friendly, they say I used to stand at the gate and talk to all the people going on the road. On my second birthday, they say I stood at the gate and invited all and sundry for lunch, much to the horror of my mother.

Being an early talker and a very talkative child, I used to speak quite fluently by the time I was two-and-a-half. Whenever the conductor in the bus asked for my age (since the journey was free for kids below 3), I used to pipe in 'Why do they ALL want to know my age???', making the conductor very suspicious and my parents very embarrassed!

Age 3-4
Going to school in a cycle rickshaw with lot of other kids.

Standing on the window sill and having a conversation across the road with the boy next door. Being a few years older, he used to be terribly shy at having a little girl shout across the road telling him about her new bangles or chain...

Being told scary stories about the lady in white who sucks your blood by my cousin brother, 4 years older, who used to come over and stay during summer holidays. Waking up to his spooky voice going 'white sareee...looong hair'...and running to the kitchen screaming 'Ammaaaaaaa'...

Age 5
First day in Class one in a new school, heavy rains, yellow raincoat and butterflies in the stomach…

Climbing over the wall to play with J, my neighbor, also a 5 year old girl. We never used the gates to go to each other’s houses! Most of the time we used to play sitting on the wall, which was quite wide.


Eating half ripe guavas from the tree that stood in her house with salt and chilli powder stolen from the kitchen.

Well.. that WAS fun to do…and brought back lot of old memories!!! It sounds very different from the memories my daughter is going to have!!!

4 other wanderers:

Ps said...

Wow--how do you all remember?!!
So many nice memories. You inviting everyone for lunch was hilarious!
Cheers
Ps

Nancy said...

Oh this is really good, esp the inviting ppl for lunch part:-D..laughed out loud.
Quite surprised when I read that u remembered an incident when u were 2& a half yrs. But I guess all that blood and memory of pain didnt quite fade away.
Guavas, chilli pwdr and salt.... mmmmmnnn

WannabeWriter said...

@ps: Thanks! Yeah..all my childhood memories are nice ones...I'm lucky I guess and thanks to my lovely parents..memory...I remember only the old stuff...can't remember most of the new ones!

@nancy:I'm also not sure if my brain is playing a game about that two-and-a-half memory... it is very vague...and I remember the sit out and parapet clearly.. (I shifted from that house by the time I was 3)..so truthfully don't know how much of it is memory and how much hearsay...

Reflections said...

I've tagged u:-D. chk it out

 
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