|I'm not sure of my age in this photo, but I'm guessing I'm around two to four years old.|
Sometimes it's hard to distinguish between real memories, and memories I think I have because of photographs or stories my family shared with us. There are certain specific events and places I remember, but I wasn't sure of my age, so I had to ask my mom.
I thought that most of my early memories were around the age of 5. But my mom says that the things that I remember must have happened by the time I was 2 years old. I remember my grandmother and great-grandmother's house in Paarl, South Africa. It was about 2 hours' drive from my parents' house.
I remember playing in the garden with my brothers and stepping in a huge thorn that fell from a tree. I also remember watching kids' shows on TV and a movie that scared the bejesus out of me. I remember clearly what the house looked like inside. There was a little park in the neighborhood where we used to play and a very specific Christmas where I got a ridiculous amount of presents that Santa had left in black bags at each door of the house.
I also remember their domestic worker, Katie, and how friendly she was and that she used to give us candy. My mom says that they moved out of that house when I was about 2 and a half years old, which means that I remember all these things from when I was VERY young. Is this normal? As far as I know, we don't own any photographs of these places and events. Weird, right?
I love that my earliest memories are at my grandmother and great-grandmother's house though, and that they are all happy memories. Well, except for stepping in that huge pointy white thorn... that sucked a little.
What are your earliest memories?