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.

I said in The Early Years that my earliest memory was opening a present that turned out to be a stuffed bunny. I can remember the bunny but not its name. My brother’s was called Pippin though. My favourite teddy as a kid was a bear called Bear. I also had a dog called Smiler because he had a massive smile and a polar bear with a read scarf called Freezer.

How about a few more random “earliests” or maybe firsts that I haven’t mentioned previously…?

I remember the main room at nursery where we were potato printing and I remember the swings. My earliest memory of school was writing things, and the teacher noticing that the person next to me was left handed. I also remember the cartons of milk we got at morning break. I remember my first day at college being split into our forms and my earliest memory of university was reading the papers with new friends the day after 9/11.

I remember the first time I got drunk because the tiramisu at the Euro Disney buffet was amazing to a 10 year old. There I met Aladdin and, more importantly, Princess Jasmine. I also remember that Mickey Mouse had a very weak handshake.

I remember my first visit to a nightclub in the days where boys (as we were then) had to be wearing a shirt and black trousers to get in. I remember the first time we were knocked back because one of us was wearing a stripy shirt.

My earliest memory of Starbucks was being completely overawed by the menu on my way into uni and ordering the most expensive thing on it as it was the first thing I saw.

Erm… Anything else? Possibly not. Probably shouldn’t, anyway.

I think you remember the earliest things that are a big deal.  My very young self will have thought the bunny was amazing, as the milk cartons were and the strangeness of someone writing with the wrong hand.

Last night near the power lines,
Watched as the sun lit up your eyes.

There’s no where to go and no ones around,
Summer’s almost gone in this modest town.
You and I both know that this could end
so I treasure every moment left.

When you go
I hope I’ve done enough to let you know
I’ll still be the one to hold you close.
When you go.

The morning falls with fog again.
The time we share will soon disappear.
You and I both know this could end
so I treasure every moment left.

When you go
I hope I’ve done enough to let you know
I’ll still be the one to hold you close.
When you go.

When you go
I hope I’ve done enough to let you know
I’ll still be the one to hold you close.
When you go.
When you go
I’ll still be the one to hold you close.
When you go…

When You Go by Early States

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