Childhood memories…Whether they be good or bad everyone’s got them. Some research has shown in the past that having happy childhood memories is linked to better health later on in life. There are also a lot of articles which debunk the whole idea of childhood memories; stating that as we get older the memories we think we know are true aren’t. Especially the earliest ones. They state that the more we try and remember what happened the more we are willing to
Current research shows that our earliest memories usually form around three to three-and-a-half years of age. Research, conducted at a number of Universities throughout England, found that nearly 40% of people claimed to memories from age 2 or younger. Nearly 900 people in the 6600 person-strong survey claimed to have memories from the age of 1 or younger. I for one have always been told that it’s around the age of 3 or 4 that you start creating memories.
Having read an article about the whole idea, I thought I would go through and answer some of the questions that they asked… just to see what I could remember and see if they are accurate as what I remember them to be.
What’s your earliest memory?
My earliest memory I don’t know whether you would consider it a good or a bad one. It was when I was about 4 and in nursery school. I and this boy were fighting over a wee pink tricycle. I somehow managed to get on the bike but when I did Michael (the boy) pushed me off it. I ended up coming off the bike, rolling down a hill and smacking into a huge iron gate at the bottom. That was my first experience with going to the hospital. I had dislocated my shoulder and had to get it set back in. Can’t remember much about the hospital except for all the beds.
Was it accurate: My mum says that that was pretty accurate. She obviously wasn’t there when I rolled down the hill but she as there at the hospital. She says that I screamed the whole place down when they tried to fix my shoulder. She says I gave up such a fight with the nurse that they weren’t sure if they could work with me. Eep!
What’s the worst memory you can recall?
I can remember the exact moment that my Grandad died. I would have been about age 6 at the time. My mum and I were about to ring for a taxi, to take me to the doctor because I had a sore ear and my aunt came running into the house with my little cousin in her arms. She slipped on the floor where I had spilt some tomato sauce not that long before. That’s when she told us that my Grandad had collapsed in front of her. He had had a heart attack and just dropped to the floor. I remember being up in my brother’s bedroom watching my mum out the window walking slowly across the ‘park’ outside the back of our house toward our house. Even though I was only 6 at the time I don’t think I will ever forget the look on her face.
Was it accurate: My mum says she can’t actually remember much about this day. so, I’m not sure if what I remember about this is true or not.
What is your most vivid memory?
This would be the same as the last memory. It’s the one that I remember most.
Do you have a good or bad memory?
I would say that I would have an average memory. There are times when I can remember things really easily but then there are times when it takes me ages to remember the simplest of things. For example, I can remember what someone said word for word 2 weeks ago but when it comes to remembering what I walked upstairs to do… nothing. It can be quite annoying sometimes.
Whats is your happiest memory?
It would when I was I was about 8 or 9 and I was out the back playing with my cousins in the snow. Throwing snowballs at each other and building snowmen. Those were good times.
What is your funniest memory?
I know it’s not that funny but when I was younger cracking my brother over the head with a skateboard. I remember finding it so funny. He didn’t… obviously.
Well folks, there you have it. What’s your earliest memory? What age were you? Is it a good or bad one? Do you trust it to be true or do you think that you may have ‘made it up?’. Let me know in the comments. And if you liked what you read why not give me a little like as well. Thanks for reading. J x