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Author: toni

~ 06/09/09


Julia has an AMAZING MEMORY. She can remember exactly where we parked at the mega-mall (which always eludes me). When she’s off from being grounded from treats (to the minute). And what exactly I said last week that is in direct contradiction to what I am saying at the moment…It’s REALLY annoying.

But this brilliant, razor-sharp memory didn’t always exist. Know how I know? She told me when it began.

JULIA: I have something to tell you. But I don’t know if I should because you might not believe me.

ME: (the teen years still far off) Honey, you can tell me ANYTHING. I will always believe you.

JULIA: I remember the exact moment my brain started remembering.

ME: (per my promise, trying not to sound doubtful) Oh, really?

JULIA: Yep. First there was blackness, see? And then there was the start of light and stars and sound. And then suddenly I had my first memory.

ME: What was it?

JULIA: My first haircut!

Her first haircut. Well, since she was just two at the time and six months away from her first trip to Disneyland. That sounded about right.  I mean, it was a really cute haircut. And she was so proud. So, as promised, I believed her.  Then again, maybe she just remembers the following picture…

Julia’s first haircut AND her first memory. Age 2.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? WHEN DOES MEMORY BEGIN? And if it DOESN’T begin before 2 years, why do we bother with those elaborate birthday parties that cost us hundreds of dollars?  COMMENT!

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  1. I’ve been wondering about this as well. And I’m curious how our latest, greatest, modern technologies affect our youngsters’ memories.
    What, if any, effect does memory recall via these ‘visual aids’ have on how we remember events. Isn’t it always easier to remember something when we see a picture of it, and say “Oh, I remember that!”

    I’ve wondered aloud many times if our kids will remember these early events better now that we can bombard them with 1000’s of digital pictures, or video of the moments, and their brains will keep them ‘fresh’ in the consciousness — whereas when we were kids we were lucky to get a silent 8mm movie of something, or a couple of poloroids/35mm slides?

    I have a snippet of a memory (just a quick flash really) of something from before I was two. And i know that it is triggered by a black-white photo I have taken that same day. I don’t know if the photo has kept the memory alive. I just know I can clearly see this moment in time as easily as a memory from last week.

    Who knows, maybe showing them the digital videos will only imprint a ‘false/manufactured’ memory…
    I don’t know…

    How dare you, Toni for asking such questions!!!! 🙂

    Comment by Rossfilms — June 9, 2009 @ 5:01 pm

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