of the most vivid preschool memories that I have of my life prior to
when I was two years old and I managed my way onto one of my
great-uncles young, unbroken and high-strung horses by using a small
I am 42 years old as I write this and I
can clearly, to this day, recall moving that step ladder at least ten
times in an
attempt to climb up and get the horse's back.
attempt, except the last, was unsuccessful because the horse would move
just far enough away that I couldn't get on his back.
I did make it on, I recall holding its mane and kicking, trying to
"make it go"!
my disappointment the horse would not go outside of the 10 foot shadow
that the front of the barn had cast. It walked back and
forth, pacing, in front of that barn but it wouldn't go out into the
It was a short time later that my parents,
grandparents and my great uncle Ray discovered that I had snuck out of
the big farm house. It was then that they saw me kicking and
yelling at that horse to make him go.
as a parent of six children , I can now fully comprehend the
tenseness and the extreme high anxiety that I caused for all of family
Lucky for me, the horse didn't
bolt and my uncle grabbed me safely off the horse. Even today
uncle Ray will tell you that he was very surprised that the horse just
To this day, my parents
can't believe that I still remember that event.
however, one of just a handful of memories that I have prior to the age
How come I can't
remember more? I don't know, but I believe it is typical of most of us.
It amazes me how my much my
wife Sheri can remember prior to the age of five.
believe that I am more typical of most people, my wife is not.
makes us remember some things and not others?
across a study
conducted by Dr. Carole Peterson of the Memorial University of
Newfoundland. Since the 1970s she has explored the dynamics
of children's autobiographical memories.
is believed to be the first to systematically mark the onset of
One of the points that I found
most interesting is that she claims that parents can play a role in
determining which of the children's preschool memories become lifelong
more parents talk to children about particular experiences, the greater
the chance that this verbal reinforcement will extend early memories.
memories ... fascinating!
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