What is your earliest memory?

I’ve met a few people who have next to no memory of their childhood… But that’s a strange concept for me to grasp. I remember quite a bit of my childhood, and none of it has muddied much with the passage of time.

My earliest memory is getting one of these as a gift:

These came out in '73, but I was about 3 years old at the time… So the gift was probably a hand-me-down from my brother. I’ve got this flash-bulb memory of needing a fork to lever open a compartment to change the light bulb, and running into the kitchen to get one and bring it over. Super bright and clear memory for no real reason.

When we moved back to the west coast, we found this toy in my mom’s garage. Now it sits on the shelf in the hallway and my kids mess with it. :man_shrugging:

How far back can you remember? Feel free to share whatever your earliest recollection was too :slight_smile:


So you say these toys came out in '73, and you were about 3 years old that year? As I recall, you once said you were born in '83. I hope I’m not getting too personal here, but if you were about 3 in '73, then a birth year of '83 is more than obviously incorrect. I’m confused. :confused:

Right, I was born in '83. I just noticed the toy was first released in 73 when I looked it up and guessed it must have been a hand-me-down from my brother when I got it in '86. He was born in '77.


My earliest memory is laying on the diaper changing table and my mom used these tiny white/pink Desitin samples. She was a nurse and probably got them from work.

You must have been SUPER little. Do you have more from that time, or just the one flashbulb memory?

I have another memory from around that time, but I’m not sure how old I was. Might have been before the toy thing but I can’t tell. We were at the apartments and my mom was carrying me up the stairs to the front door. The stairs didn’t have the vertical risers on them, like this:

I was terrified I was going to fall in the gaps somehow. There were also these big round red fire alarms on the walls outside so I stared at those instead of the stairs so I wouldn’t be scared.

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The earliest thing that I can remember is falling off a cradle

But that memory is soo old that for some reason it feels fabricated as if it never happened… well I’m not quite sure if it really did happen or my brain just made up that scene.

and apart from that the only other oldest memory that I can think of is asking my Grandpa to split open a frozen cream-cookie so that I could lick the cream off of it

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Welcome to the forums, Gyro!

I also remember building a ginger bread house near a fireplace. My mother said I was 2 years old.

I always wonder what my kids first memories will be. Hopefully good ones :slight_smile: Our middle child is three; she remembers stuff from more than a year ago.