I snuggled down in the spare bed in the middle of the night, glad my brother hadn’t heard me climb in. But then he said, ‘Did you wet the bed?’
“No.’ I said. It was a really weak defence. There was no point following it with any excuses; I knew that he knew I was lying. I lay there, glad of the darkness and too embarrassed to sleep.
That’s one of my early memories. Today’s prompt in Clairey Hewitt‘s I’m Blogging Every Day in May! challenge is to recall your earliest memory.
I do remember how happy I was when I got this kitten for my 4th birthday (actually it’s more like a cat, isn’t it?). I called him Jimmy. As an aside, I also remember how warm those jarmies were when I’d put them on.
So if I was four in that photo and can remember the joy, can we just say that that other bed-wetting memory is my earliest memory, making me really young when it happened and therefore I needn’t have lay there so embarrassed?
Go Mum, too, getting me to hop in the spare bed rather than messing around changing sheets in the middle of the night. Now I feel a bit bad that I’ve changed the girls’ pyjamas in the middle of the night and just put a couple of towels over the wet patch before tucking them back in. Bad mother.
Can anyone recall a memory that they can claim is their earliest? I have only vague memories of my childhood. While I will forever use the standard claim that I had a wonderful and very happy childhood, any early memories I have mostly involve injury (and/or embarrassment obviously). Like the time my friend got her head caught between the springs on the trampoline.
Or my own injuries inflicted by unsuccessful attempts to keep up with three older brothers (hurdling the back gate, oh that was nasty – I can still hear my chin hitting the concrete, or taking a run-up across the lawn and then a giant leap to cross the entire length of the in-ground trampoline in just one bounce – for the record, I landed in a crumpled heap amongst the springs).
No wonder they raised trampolines, surrounded them in nets and covered the springs with protective mats.
What’s your earliest memory? Or better still, have you had a protective mat or net on your trampoline that lasted longer than 12 months?