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From: "Lizzie Love" <>
Subject: Re: [trivvies] memories
Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002 08:00:29 -0000
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It's a complete myth,Sharon. I have memories from much earlier than that.
It's just that parents don't realise until you start to talk ... and then
they go into denial. It's just too embarrassing for them. You have to be
careful what you say and do after around three months. I remember the
pattern the sun made on the milk in my boat-shaped bottle and the tiny
coloured spikes that stuck out of my father's face as he fed me ... black
and white and coppery-gold ... and my mother walking away from us in a
nightie that rippled shiny stripes of lavender and peach.
I remember the awful stink of stale milk and Dettol inside my pram and how
mad I was when my mother put the storm flap up and I couldn't see. I could
only raise my head, but couldn't sit up yet. I remmber her hair-do with neat
rolls at the sides and sitting on her lap while a man kept waving a yellow
fluffy thing at me and hiding under a black cloth. When he disappeared I
shot forward and nearly slid off her silky lap. I was terrified. I never
As many of you know I was separated from my mother for many years. Nobody
could remember her having a hairdo like that, but when my daughter gave me
mother's papers I found us. A studio shot of my mother sitting stiffly with
the posh hairdo with me on her lap, jolting forward with anxious eyes ...
*Where's the man gone?!!* ... I was just a baby. The date on the back is
November 1942. I was just four months old.
> A good old fashioned psychologist will tell you that you probably can
> remember as I think the actual age they give for young memories is 3 years
> old upwards. Before that we can not apparently remember. Now there may
> some who will argue with that one, but as you sit reading cast your mind
> back and I bet no matter how hard you try you cant go back before 3 years
> Dont ask me why thats just the way we are made and its a really
> subject. I have one memory which when I told it to my mother she denied
> but to this day I will swear that what I remember at about 3 years of age
> was true.
> Anyway keep sharing those memories Johno cause that was lovely to hear
> Sharon xx
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