Earliest childhood memory?

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Earliest childhood memory?
Wed, 07-16-2003 - 2:33pm
What was your earliest childhood memory everyone? It is interesting to read everyone's childhood memories. Good or bad.

***My earliest would be walking to the corner store in the hot summer, to buy jolly ranchers and gum for 10 cents a piece. Then, getting into trouble with my mom because me and my friends went way to early one Sunday. They were not open, so instead of going back home, we all hung out there until it opened. I think we hung out for like and hour or two. lol My mom was so furious when we all returned. She sent my friends home and I was grounded. She explained why she was upset, and about the dangers of what I had done. I didnt understand at the time, but now that I have kids. I SOOOO DO!!

So, now...tell me your earliest memory as a child. I wanna read everyone's post! Come on!



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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 07-16-2003 - 2:47pm
Two - both at age 4.

First - going to doctor's with mom - doctor says - "she is just fine!" and I promptly vomit on him. (only one of two times I have thrown up since I was a baby - I do have a phobia)

Second, walking down the street with mom, dad and sister. I am holding dad's hand, sister is walking behind with mom holding her hand. Somehow, I let go of dad's hand and walk ahead. I see a tall man and think it is my daddy so I take his hand and walk down the street with him - he takes my hand too - a complete stranger!! I turn around and see two daddies - mine, behind me and this strange man whose hand I am holding - I run back to my dad.

Great question!!

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Registered: 04-16-2003
Wed, 07-16-2003 - 2:57pm
Great memories. LOL Wow! Do remember your mother or father freaking out cause some stranger had your hand? Cause I would have, being a mother myslef. lol

OK, and the phobia being? Got me curious now. vomitting?


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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 07-16-2003 - 3:41pm
It was really weird because they hadn't noticed yet or had but could still see me - but the man was about to turn the corner with me!

I am (was??) an emetohpobe - never knew the name until someone on an ivillage board told me - I have a fear of vomiting - last time I vomited was in 1977 - and often of activiites associated with it - I rarely ever eat sushi, have been on a rollercoaster only once in the last 20 plus years, have never been really drunk, never had general anasthesia (I had an epidural when I had minor surgery in March), etc - my sister has the same fear and never threw up during her 4 pregnancies. I am fine with the thought that I might - I have had panic attacks when nauseuous, become really fearful when there is a stomach virus going around, etc. I know one other person who has the phobia and we met my freshman year of high school - she is even scared to get pregnant.

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Wed, 07-16-2003 - 3:58pm
Ok, I have never heard of that, but they have a name for everything. I do not really think anyone likes to vomit and you could say that everyone has a fear of it, but I would say that is bad when a panick attack happens because of that fear. WHOA. Well, since your friend you know has that same phobia, have you got the same fear about being pregnant? I know you said you wanted to have a family?

What scares you the most about it?

This is just really interesting to me. Sorry if you dont want to answer. (smiles)


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Wed, 07-16-2003 - 5:05pm
My favorite memory. I'm in the crib and I hear crying but it's me crying, there was nothing wrong, that's just how babies signal for attention. It was nighttime and I remember standing in the crib, holding the railing, seeing the door ajar and the hall light on. My mom came in, picked me up and sat me on her lap on our white rocking chair. I had her sing my favorite lullaby over and over and over again. I remember her saying once I was just trying not to go to bed. I remember the sound of my voice saying, sing it again mommy. I remember looking down and my legs not going very far over the side of her lap. I was in a diaper and that's it. (it was so difficult to keep clothes on me.) Here are the words to my favorite lullaby:

Whenever I hear the song of a bird

or look at the blue, blue sky

Whenever I feel the rain on my face

or the wind as it rushes by

Whenever I touch a velvet rose

or walk by our lilac tree

I'm glad that I live in this beautiful world

Heavenly Father created for me

He gave me my eyes that I might see

the color of butterfly wings

He gave me my ears that I might hear

the magical sound of things

He gave me my life, my mind, my heart

I thank him reverently

For all his creations of which I'm apart

Yes I know Heavenly Father loves me

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Registered: 07-05-2003
Wed, 07-16-2003 - 5:24pm
Hey, Deena. I know two people who have a fear of vomitting.

But anyway, my earliest memories go way, way back. They're very vague but I remember sitting in my high chair when I was just over a year old. I also remember going into the spare bedroom to take a nap and I remember the bed was on the right side of the wall and the blanket on the bed was white with red, green, blue and yellow stripes. I was about 2 yrs old at that time. I have several vivid memories from age 4 and onwards.

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Wed, 07-16-2003 - 5:30pm
My earliest childhood memory was when I was about 3 years old. It was the last day I ever saw my dad. He and my mom weren't married and when my mom was at work he'd occasionally come by to take me to lunch. My grandmother would come with and he'd park around the corner from our apartment.

I still remember him carrying me on his shoulders to his car. The restaurant was big with big round booths and lots of plants everywhere (later my gran told me it was at the Hyatt Regency - Chicago).

After lunch he drove us back and carried me all the way up to our apartment - where my mom was waiting (she came home early). She was furious, slammed the door in his face, grabbed me and shook me very hard - telling me that if I ever saw him again I'd have to go live with him and never see my grandparents again.

I will never forget that day. Soon after my mom put out a court order to keep my dad away from me. She never gave me a good reason why. And as an adult when I went to look for him, I found out he'd died in 1983 in a car crash. He left me 3 half sisters, and my step mom told me that he died with a photo of me in his wallet too.

I can already hear your collective *awwww*. :o)


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Wed, 07-16-2003 - 6:03pm
I am ready to accept the morning sickness issue - I'll just deal - let's see if I can explain what it feels like - it takes different forms - mostly it is fear of the unknown it has been 25 years and I remember what it feels like but it is a fear of losing control of just the illness part. Sometimes it is a fear of that happening in public. My mother thinks it started at my 7th birthday party when a friend vomited all over my parents' enw carpet but that wouldn't explain why my sister has it too (she has 4 kids, has never thrown up while pregnant). The things I do to help it are deep breathing exercises, I take stomach medicine if needed - nothing more intense than that. The fear increases at times of increased stress in my life, which makes sense.

No problems asking - although I must tell you I tried some of the emetophobe web sites and it didn't help; I hate reading about it so there didn't seem to be a point.

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Wed, 07-16-2003 - 9:34pm
No, not awwwww. But....a loud. DAMN MAN! That sucks! God, I am sorry Gab. I said good or bad memory. So, you must be a tough chica, huh? hugs to ya sista!

Gail :)

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Wed, 07-16-2003 - 9:35pm
WOW! You guys got me beat. You all remember when you were like babies. Jeez. I cannot only remmeber back as far as like, 6 or 7. The others are soooo vaugue. Good memory.

gail :)