Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Forget me not. Only, I forgot…

I have a great memory…except when it comes to growing up.

I about remember nothing. Weird right? Not a lot of people believe me. Some say I’m lying or pretending to forget but I have huge chunks of my childhood and even high school gone from my brain.

There have been many times I can’t decipher a dream from reality so I’ll have to ask someone if an event actually happened.

About 4 years after high school, I was flipping through my junior yearbook and came across a picture of the Homecoming Court…and there I was on stage with all the girls. I had no memory of that whatsoever and was pretty shocked to know I was in it, being the sports girl that I was. Honestly, the details are still so fuzzy, I don’t know if it was junior or senior year…

Since then, I can remember standing on stage but I think the only reason I remember that is because of the picture.

I don’t know why this is. I had a wonderfully loving upbringing, but I feel horrible its practically all gone. A lot of the traditions we did in the family, the games, precious moments..gone. Whenever my family reminisces, all I do is sit there unable to contribute. Almost everything they say is brand new to me.

There’s been times blurbs will pop in. I have a vague memory of my dad and I, when I was around 9/10, watching movies and eating 10 candy bars in one night. I don’t know where everyone else was, or if I’m making it up, but I think that happened…its been an active memory I’ve carried with me for over 15 years, so I hope its real.

But sadly, its not only my childhood. I barely recall from age 19-20. And NO, I wasn’t drinking or doing drugs!!

Its so crazy!

This makes me appreciate my blog even more. It’s storing all my memories, my stories, everything that’s noteworthy for me to return and be reminded of later down the road, in case this keeps happening.

Tell me I’m not alone in this? Do you remember your childhood or even your high school experience? Any tips on keeping the memory alive and kickin’?

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11 comments:

Diane and Chad said...

wow...this sounds like me! It makes me crazy that I can't remember even important moments!! Luckily we have always taken lots of photos....otherwise, I wouldn't know who I am:)

arielle elise. said...

There are often times when I forget certain memories from my childhood, etc. as well! So thankful I kept a journal (and now a blog) to go back and read about those memories when I was a little bit older :) Have a wonderful week, Emily! :)

the blogivers said...

I do remember a lot from my childhood, BUT, I often times confuse memories of things that happend to ME of things that happened to my twin sister... understandable, but still confusing :)

Tatiana said...

Early dementia anyone? Just joking.
Umm, let's see, I got a pretty descent long term memory. It's my short term one that is not so good. I think it's bc that part of my brain went out with Giada when she was born.

Daisy said...

No way! I am the same way. My mom thinks It's so strange that I can't remember things but It's like they completely erased. And yes it definitely helps me appreciate the blog more :)

Lauren said...

I remember ALOT from my childhood. However I have an aunt who experiences the same thing you do. She says it gets frustrating because she can't remember even some moments of her kids birth. Someone once told me walnuts are good for your brain and memory... a tub of walnuts anyone?? LOL

LeAnna said...

I'm with T on this one. I can remember a lot from a long time ago, as far back as about 4 and 5 years of age, but it's the stuff that happened last week that I can't remember.

B is like an elephant, he never forgets anything. He has memories from when he was THREE (scary) and his Mom is always shocked he can remember that far back, but he can and in great detail. It's nuts. But his short term memory is going, and he can't remember his dreams for anything. The other night he woke himself up laughing and said he was going to remember his dream to tell me but he forgot. Hmph.

Ever heard of Gingko? ;)

bunky153 said...

Maybe it's because of the time you hit the windshield when you were with Matt???? Remember that??

Erin Pasillas said...

Nope, can't say I have the same experience... I remember most things from my childhood and the present day... ask me someone's bday, I can tell you... old passwords, license plates, phone numbers from before the cell phone era... I remember a LOT... :) But not like my husband, who can quote movies after seeing them once... he's a freak;)

The Heart Of A Woman said...

I barely remember any of my childhood and high school is blurry :( I have a terrible short and long term memory. I contribute it to a bad wreck I was in my senior year but it's probably not the cause ;)

Megan said...

I don't remember much from childhood, except for stories that I've been told, of course. I do remember high school though. Maybe it's your...elderly age. ; ) Just kidding!!

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