When & what's your earliest memory?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by billyergs, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. billyergs macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2005
    I read that some people remember being born, like right out of their mothers womb, I find this hard to believe.

    My girlfriend says she remembers crawling and taking her first steps.

    The earliest memory that I can remember would be getting my arm/hand stuck in a pringles container and having a babysitter try to pry it off. I was able to walk, eat on my own and get my srm stuck so I guess I was between 2-3 years old.

    To this day I still get my arm caught in Pringles containers.
  2. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    I remember jumping off a diving board at a pool in Honolulu when I was three. Went back to that same neighborhood several years ago and it was exactly as I remembered it.

    No one can really remember when they were born... that's confabulation. The mind is still "booting up" when you're born and has no long-term memory yet.
  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Guess I was a slow one...my first clear memory is a family trip to visit friends in Cleveland...trip to Cedar Point, going to see ET in the theater, their house, etc. It was a couple of months after my fourth birthday.
  4. Moof1904 macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2004
    I remember going to a party with my dad and coming home with my mom...:rolleyes:
  5. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    I remember being out in the neighbourhood in San Jose with my adoptive parents, so I was between a little over 1 up to 3 years old. I've had a few glimpses of that time like the strawberry plants in the backyard and being in the driver's seat of the 1960 VW Beetle.

    I don't remember being drunk, though. :D
  6. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    My earliest memory (at least, the earliest I can put a precise date on) would be my parents bringing my newborn brother back from the hospital. I remember being spectacularly unimpressed with my new sibling, especially his still-healing bellybutton. :p

    EDIT: Oops, I should have mentioned I would have been three-and-a-half at the time. :eek:
  7. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    My earliest glimpse is me sitting on the carpet in the living room where we lived until I was 2. This must have been early though, because I don't think I could walk (at least not functionally), yet. So I'm guessing I must have been about a year.

    There was a special occurrence that happened that made me remember the situation, but I'm afraid that's too personal to share here... ;)
  8. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    I can't remember:p :rolleyes: Actually it was when I was 2 when I got a concussion.
  9. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
  10. maddav macrumors 6502


    Jul 3, 2004
    Manchester, UK
    My earliest memory was when I was 2, because we'd just moved house, and I remember the horrible decor of the house (Think Brown).
  11. iRachel macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2005
    The Soybean Captial of the World
    Crawling on my aunt and uncle's driveway - don't know why I remember it or why I was crawling there in the first place...but, well, there was a lot of cement. I think I was about two years old at the time.
  12. xsedrinam macrumors 601


    Oct 21, 2004
    Age 3.5...jumping off front porch in to snow which was over my head...blink, blink.
  13. Apple macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2005
    Charlotte, NC
  14. tiny_101 macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2005
    Gosh, I think I have a really bad memory; I remember when I was about 3/4 years of age walking around pushing a little chair :eek: but that's about as far as it goes.
  15. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    This is an interesting thread. I find it so fascinating that we're able to dig deep in our heads somewhere physical and be able to retrieve memories which seem so ethereal. And it's amazing we're able to recall which memory we want from such a vast warehouse of memories.

    I was probably 3 or 4 when I remembered holding onto a tube treading in water on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. I was scared of sharks, even when I don't remember ever seeing sharks before. Weird. Memories also include playing with starfishes and bleaching them in the sun.
  16. G5Unit macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2005
    I'm calling the cops
    When I had this surgery on my nose when I was 2 and a half. I was looking around and there was a curtain next to me.
  17. StarbucksSam macrumors 65816


    Nov 21, 2004
    Washington, D.C.
    God, that's a really interesting question. I think my memory gets confused with my imagination and video tapes I've seen of my childhood. But I think my first REAL memory is some sort of spending of time at my grandparents' apartment.
  18. mj_1903 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2003
    Sydney, Australia
    I can "remember" things that I have seen pictures of but my clearest memory would have to be failing to fall asleep one Christmas eve. I was probably 5 at the time.

    My memory has never been all that grand but I don't do anything about it so I have only myself to blame.
  19. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    I think the earliest memory was hanging a big, homemade sign in our house for when my mom was coming back from a trip to her parents. Probably four at the time.
  20. Flying Llama macrumors 6502a

    Flying Llama

    Aug 4, 2004
    Los Angeles
    My oldest memory would be as an 18 month old baby... but it's "family business" that was happening. (Think divorce).

    llama :)
  21. njmac macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    I have a very clear and vivid memory of something that happened when I was about 18 months old.

    My 4 year old brother was throwing pillows down the top of my grandparents stairs. I picked up a pillow and didn't let go when I threw it and fell down the stairs (no carpeting either).

    I remember not being able to see for what seemed like 5 minutes at the time and my mom holding me at the dinner table where all the adults were still carrying on a conversation.

    I can remember just the way my brother looked and the smell of the gravy and meatballs my Grandma was making and I can remember the feeling of being blind at scared.
  22. OnceUGoMac macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    My earliest memory is my third birthday party. I got a Cabbage Patch Kid!
  23. Sol macrumors 68000


    Jan 14, 2003
    Origin story

    I was at my grandparents house and my brother surprised me with his SpiderMan mask. I started crying and our grandfather ripped the mask in two.
  24. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    Mine is when I was probably 3 or 4. Can remember my Mom cooking in the kitchen. I was in the living room, but could see my Mom. The exciting part was seeing my father coming home from work. He brought me a red fire engine with a yellow ladder.
  25. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Reminded me of:

    "You'd better be prepared for the jump into hyperspace. It's unpleasantly like being drunk."

    "What's so unpleasant about being drunk?"

    "You ask a glass of water."

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