When people start getting older, I thought they began forgetting what happened yesterday or last week while increasing in their ability to spend countless boring hours talking about what happened in their childhood and youth.
Not me. I remember yesterday and last week just fine. Of course, I have problems with names and faces, but that problem has been with me as far back as I can remember. No pun intended.
My problem is I don’t recall much from my childhood and youth. These are most of the things I DO remember:
- Getting my first bike for Christmas and trying to ride downhill in our grassy backyard
- Racing a neighborhood boy to the easy chair in my bedroom, breaking the window with it, and my parents making me pay for the repair
- Going down to a younger friend’s house to watch “Roy Rogers “on TV every week
- Going to a nearby park for the weekly nickel Coca Cola my parents permitted me to have
- Watching my mother find where my father had hidden the grandmother clock (behind the studio couch) he’d bought her for Christmas
- Receiving our first TV from the church my father pastored and the horrible reception we got
- Attending a children’s choir practice and hating it
- Finally learning to ride that bicycle
- Crying when I heard we were moving away from the place we’d lived the first eight years of my life
- Pigging out on homemade rolls at the home of a church member who babysat me overnight for some reason
- Pretending to play the guitar that was sitting around at my friend Chuck’s house
- Being severely frightened by an elementary school program which included a demo of the sparks from static electricity
Those events all took place during the first eight years of my life. I probably remember no more than an equal number of things from age eight to approximately age fifteen. That’s when I had acute viral encephalitis and almost died. But that’s another story.
In short, I almost get jealous of people who vividly remember a lot about their childhoods .
But who knows? Maybe I’ll be the reverse of a (stereo)typical older person and continue to be able to live in the present. I don’t know about your present, but mine is a great deal nicer than what little I remember about my distant past.
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