What is your earliest memory? Describe it in detail, and tell us why you think that experience was the one to stick with you.
My earliest childhood memory? It was when my Mom came home from the hospital with my new baby sister. This was way back in 1969, when I was four years old.
I remember it was a warm March day, as we were all playing outside. My brothers and I and probably a few neighborhood kids. We had just moved to a new home, in a new neighborhood, and I’m sure that my grandparents were staying with us.
Funny, I don’t remember the move, meeting new kids, or having my Mom gone for a few days, like was common back in those days~before the bloated health care system instituted the practice of shoving you out of the hospital within hours of giving birth if you were able to walk on your own two legs.
It’s always struck me as odd that I have absolutely no recollection of anything that happened before this event. What the hell was I up to for four years? Any psychological experts reading, feel free to jump in and tell me if this is normal. I’ve always had a Swiss cheese type of memory. Hmmmm…….
What I do remember is Dad pulling into the driveway, and all of us kids pressing our grubby faces against the car window to marvel in awe at the new baby. In the passenger seat was my Mom, looking proud and pretty with her lovely new baby girl. Amazing that putting something so precious in a special life saving device didn’t become commonplace until many years later.
Why is this memory so vivid? It’s not every day you get a brand new baby sister. Even though she’s not a shiny new baby anymore, and never had the safety of a child restraint apparatus in the car, my awesome sister grew to be one of the kindest, sweetest women in the world, and I am proud to be her big sister.
Love you Twisted Sister