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What is the oldest memory you have?

Asked by mazingerz88 (26236points) March 27th, 2011

I believe the human brain is the most complex “device” on Earth. Each and every brilliant or terrible idea, action and accomplishment in history have been conceived, executed and reassessed through the BRAIN. I’m always curious how the brain chooses which memory to keep and which to purge.

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TexasDude's avatar

Having my diaper changed and peeing on a certain parent’s face in the process.

I also have a memory of standing up in a crib.

john65pennington's avatar

I was six years old and had the mumps in both sides of my mouth at the same time. There was a beautiful snow outside, but I could not play in it.

I did stick my foot in a snowdrift located on my back porch.

Don’t tell anyone, okay?

Jeruba's avatar

My mother buttoning my little wool coat over my pajamas in the middle of the night to take me to the hospital. I was two years old and had pneumonia.

creative1's avatar

The earliest memory I have is with my grandfather we went to Ben’s Cafe having a burger I was about 3 or 4 since he died when I was 5. I can actually remember doing alot of things with him that didn’t include my siblings or my parents so I know that no one ever told me about them like going to this grocery store to get his favorite candy they sold by the pound.

I don’t know if the same holds true for everyone because my brother remebers nothing of our childhood and when I talk to my neice about things she remembers nothing of hers and she is only 16 so I think its depends on the individual on how good of a memory they have and how those connections formed for them when they were young.

mazingerz88's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Whoa! You remember peeing in your parent’s face-?!

mazingerz88's avatar

@john65pennington I’m calling your wife right now…he,he…

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Also standing up in a crib at both my parents’ house and grandparents’. The one in the bedroom had a plastic cover over the top railing. It had a crack in it and it felt sharp when I tried to lift it by the edge. At my grandparent’s house, the crib had geometrical blocks in pastel colors on a spindle that would spin if pushed.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I’ve told this story before here, multiple times, but my first memory is watching an F5 tornado rip through the center of town while my father was holding me (and also watching.) To this day, I attribute my love of storms and tornado watching to my father being so excited and “happy,’’ at the time I had no idea that it was a scary event.

blueiiznh's avatar

I have two very old ones.
Sitting in a basket of clothes watching my mother hang clothing on the line. I was 2 yrs old
The other was when I was almost 2 years old and had pneumonia. I remember being in the hospital and them zipping me into an oxygen tent. It was a safe feeling.

The_Lord_thy_God's avatar

An enormous explosion.

gailcalled's avatar

Also standing in crib, about to go to the hospital to have my tonsils removed. 2½? 3?

CaptainHarley's avatar

Laying on my back with someone staring down at me.

yankeetooter's avatar

I remember being on the porch of a row home where we lived until I was about 2½ years old. I remember looking the screen door and down the hallway to a room where the rocking chair that my mother still has to this day was sitting…the neighbors were sitting on their stoop. That’s the only thing I remember about my home of the first three years or so…

Aethelwine's avatar

I was 2 or 3. Either my sister or my brother set me on top of a bedroom dresser and left me there. I couldn’t get down so I started wailing for my mom. I remember being very upset and scared. Being the baby of the family isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

faye's avatar

I remember walking across the street, frustrated with my mom, because I needed to hold the elastic in my little sleeve off my new hurt and she made me hold her hand. I was 2 and had had my vaccination. It was summer and the sun was shining and there was a little breeze. I had my white sandals on. Mom said I had a big sore at the site and was feverish a few days but I don’t remember that.

Sunny2's avatar

Seeing my first movies at age 2. I was on the floor between two twin beds with chenille spreads. One movie was a Popeye and the other was a Betty Boop. I liked Betty Boop. Popeye had fighting and I didn’t like that.

takeachance's avatar

i was about 4 and my uncle was drunk and came out to me when i was on the trampolne and he said ’ anyone can do a backflip, anyone could do anything, if you belive in yourself’
now that i think about it that was pree good advice :)

downtide's avatar

I remember watching my younger sister learning to walk, toddling round holding on to the coffee table. I must have been about three and a half.

novemberrain's avatar

Eating stones.
I was a lovely baby..

Seelix's avatar

I remember sitting on the porch in front of the house, and my cat caught a chipmunk. My mom tells me that that happened when I was two.

I also remember learning to read when I was 3.

OpryLeigh's avatar

Sitting on my dad’s shoulders watching the carnival go by. I was about ⅔ years old and it was November.

saintDrew's avatar

My oldest memory is when i got chicken pox.
I was around age 6. I cant remember much of those
years for anything.

cockswain's avatar

I can remember chewing on my crib. Don’t know how old I was, but young enough to be in a crib.

laineybug's avatar

I remember walking out of the dining room all happy and excited and small(I was a small child, and still am). I think it was the day that I had first said something to someone outside of my immediate family. I don’t remember not talking to anyone outside of my immediate family, but my granddad told me that I didn’t. There was nothing wrong with me, the doctor said it was very common among the youngest of three siblings, the older ones just talked for me.

fujivelo's avatar

Sticking bubble gum in a cap gun.

Judi's avatar

I must have been an infant, but I was sitting in front of a big fireplace. I became aware that there was things I was forgetting. I told myself that if I forgot everything else I was going to remember that moment. That was 50 years ago.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@laineybug Hmmm…interesting. I used to watch the children of a woman who once told me a similar story. Her youngest once talked about something that happened before the child could talk. Maybe we sometimes forget that our mental capacity is formed well before our verbal skills come into play.

angermanagement's avatar

I was 6 months to a year and I remember eating a bug.

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