We all have what I call our “early memories”. The ones from our early childhood that we will never forget. What are some of mine?
- Climbing a fence because a snake chased me up there. I yelled for my Mom until she came out of the house and chopped the snake up with a shovel! She saved my life! She was my hero!
- My parents owned a junk-yard when I was very little. I remember watching my Dad working on cars all day every day. I wanted to do my part, so I would go around to some of the cars and take off the valve stem caps (ya know the little black caps where you put air in your tires). Then I would have to put them all back on different cars. (A 2-3 yr old’s form of customization)
- Sitting on my Dad’s lap while he operated the crane at the junk yard. I faintly remember watching the wrecking ball come crashing down and crushing the cars. I have always liked demolition…
- Riding in a race car. My Dad used to build and drive race cars. I remember riding around the track during warm up laps with his friend. (Of course he didn’t fly around the track at full speed, but to a 2 or 3 year old it was an unforgettable experience!)
- Riding in my Dad’s “Stinky Truck”. My Dad was a big hunter/trapper. And along with the hunting and trapping came all sorts of stinky things. Dead animals, blood, guts, urine, feces, and bait. His “stinky truck” was rank! I will never forget the smell of that thing.
- Seeing my brother fall into the 8 ft end of the pool underneath the solar cover. Neither of us could swim yet, so I was scared to jump in after him. I could just see him sitting there at the bottom of the pool not knowing what to do. My grandma came running up and she couldn’t swim either. We both just sat there helplessly as my brother slowly floated back to the top and my grandma could pull him out. Luckily he was OK…just a little cold.
Thinking about things like this make me wonder what Ace’s “early memories” will be? Will having me catch him inches from the floor be one? How about the scary car wash? Maybe his first birthday party?
Who knows if he will remember any of that stuff, but I know I will! I’ll just keep on doing my best to provide him with fun experiences that hopefully someday will be included in his list of “early memories”.
What were your “early memories”?