My granddaughter is ever so special. I sing to her, read to her, feed her, hold her, talk to her and occasionally change a diaper. She is 7 months old. And I sometimes wonder — will she remember anything of these times as she grows older? When does recall begin to kick in?
I have occasionally posed this question among friends when conversation stalls – “What is your very first memory when you were a child? What is the very first spark of cognizance that you remember?” The answers are very personal. And the question does prompt some interesting – and varied – responses.
My first 3 years were spent in a 1 bedroom attic at 6036 W. Byron Street in Chicago. I remember the place. With clarity. And I remember – vividly – sitting by the lone street-side window looking out. And waving at a little boy (“Georgey”) across the street. This was in the days before “play groups” so I never saw him up close (or anyone else for that matter). We never played together. We would just wave. Across the street. I wonder if he remembers me. . . .
What’s your first memory? What were the first memories of your parents? Children? Grandchildren? To me, this is a truly poignant question that could make an interesting teaching tool or conversation starter. . . .