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    My earliest memory is when I was 2. I snuck up behind my mother while she was ironing and put my hand up on the ironing board. I still have a slight scar on one of my nuckles. I remember an incident when I was 3.

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    i am impressed with how many of you have such early memories. i am jealous sometimes of people who have very early memories. i can't remember anything before 7 or 8 years old, and only remember hazy things before about 10.

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    I have no way of dating a lot of my very early memories, but the earliest dated one I have was of me climbing into a new, still-empty china cabinet. I remember the smell of the wood and looking through the glass doors at my mum laughing and taking a photo of me. I was pretty pleased with myself, I can tell you. I couldn't have been more than 2. How old is it usual to get toilet-trained (which, alas, I remember bits and pieces of)? Pretty sure I was toilet-trained no later than usual, and if I was wearing nappies in the photo then it was pre-toilet-training.

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    Ive confirmed with my mom that my two earliest memories are from about the age of 2. I guess they were both somewhat traumatic which is why they stuck with me (traumatic for a 2 year old, anyway!)

    I remember being at the pool where my brother was taking swimming lessons we were sitting up in some kind of balcony, my mum holding me, and I had some kind of baby board book and I dropped it over the edge. It had some kind of bear picture on the cover and I remember staring down at it (it looked as far down as the ground from the top of the CN Tower) and the bear face staring back up at me.

    The other one is a memory of being pushed down a tiny hill in the park near my parents house in a stroller. Apparently my brother thought he would give me a fun ride and let go of the stroller (either that or he wanted to do away with me, haha but no, genuinely my brother was always very fond of me and apparently was quite upset by this incident.) When I say hill it wasnt really that just a tiny, very short slope. But the stroller turned over! I have a very vague memory of things going upside down.

    I am 99% sure those memories are genuine. I do have other memories between the ages of 3-7 or so especially where Im not sure if I actually remember them, or if I saw photos or someone told me about it. This is especially the case because our family travelled a lot from before I can even remember and its sometimes hard to say what I do and dont remember.

    Memory is a mysterious thing. Im not sure overall if mine is particularly good or bad. Probably just average. I always find it a strange sensation when a memory has apparently been gone from your mind (at least your conscious mind) for years, and then someone reminds you and it pops back in fully formed and you think how did I forget that? One of my best friends from high school has the funniest memory for random things (its 13 years since we graduated.) He reminded me recently of how a group of us used to go for coffee and I would eat sugar straight from the packet. It all came screaming back to me when he said that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruby Tuesday View Post
    I have a theory that many if not most NF's have incredible long-term memories: longer, fuller, and clearer that average. Do you think this is true?

    Also, I've always been fascinated by people's 'first' or 'earliest' memories, and have collected many of them over the years. Some people don't remember anything from before they were 5 or 6, or in a few cases even 8. That astonishes me. My earliest memory is, as far as I can work out, from when I was 2. Nothing traumatic, very pedestrian really, but very clear. (Lying in my parents bed trying to see shapes in ceiling cracks the way you can in clouds, before being scooped up and carried out). And you?
    I haven't read any of the other posts, just the OP - I have to say, maybe I'm out of the ordinary, but I feel like instead of the allegedly more powerful long-term memory that you suggest is characteristic of NF's, I have an extremely active and effective short-term memory. I don't have a lot of vivid childhood memories.

    EDIT: I'm 20 and in college, if that's relevant to this discussion.

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    My earliest memory is from when we lived in Australia for about a year(?) when I was about 1 1/2 - 2 y.o.

    There was a huge thunderstorm in the dead of night, which seemed to rend the sky. I woke up and watched it through (what seemed like) huge floor to ceiling windows, Mum's arm around me. (They would have obviously been normal size for a grownup). I wasn't scared at all. Then I remember walking up the stairs, looking in at my baby brother's room and his crib.

    It was awesome lightning.

    The interesting thing about this memory is that I'm sure it has changed somewhat over time. The ambient lighting seems green. Mum remembers the incident, so haven't made it up

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    I've a memory of being in a cot, and climbing out when it was night and stumbling to the hallway, scared (I think I'd had a bad dream), but didn't want to wake my parents up because it might make them tired in the morning, and they might be angry with me.

    I've others wich are hard to date, apart from one where I was contemplating my next(fourth) brithday, and what it meant to 'be' 'four' I had it in my head there was a chance parts of my personality would change, or 'upgrade'.
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