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Monday, February 04, 2008

childhood memories

The colors are posted for the February TIF challenge. Blues, charcoal, beige and ochre/rust. The concept is an early childhood memory.

I am thinking of many things. I can remember being dressed while I was pretending to be asleep while on the red vinyl banquets somewhere. I think they were in our living room. My sister pointed out uncharitably that I was pretending to be asleep.

There is another rather scarey memory of being on the floor of the shower in that first house next door to my grandmother's. The shower was the right color of gray. Not sure I want to interpret that memory, though.

Another memory of being short enough to walk under the dining room table and see everyone's knees. My aunt bends down to talk to me about the dolly I am carrying and asks her name. I answer but she can't understand what I am saying and asks again. I repeat and then she says, "Charlotte is a pretty name!" The doll's name was not Charlotte, I remember being disappointed she couldn't understand me. Her name was Charlemagne. She was one of those cloth bodied dolls with molded head, arms and legs. She had wildly tangled hair and she said, "Mmmmaaaa!" when you tipped her over and back up again.

Fun memory of me small enough to be bathing in the sink in the kitchen. Looking out the window to the busy road in front of our little house. Each room was built from scratch by my grandfather and added to the first part. I remember my favorite dinner when I was a kid. Mom would panfry ground beef and sliced potatoes. Then she'd make a gravy for the beef and serve it over the potatoes. I prefered the crunchiest bits the best ... potato chips were available in bags but my family sure didn't buy them.

Maybe I should do some sketching.

07:40 Posted in Take It Further | Permalink | Comments (2)

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I had one of those dolls, with hindsight it sounded like a lamb baaa-ing. My uncle bought it for me and I was very ungracious as he had got a fab brick and mortar building set for my brothers and they wouldn't let me play with it.
Happy days...

Posted by: wendy | Monday, February 04, 2008

Amazing that you have memories from that young - I don't think I can remember anything prior to Kindergarten, and even the Kindergarten memories are few and sketchy. But so are the memories of last week, last month, or even last year - I love being 40, but I can do without the frequent episodes of short-term memory loss. :P

Posted by: Katherine R. Willson | Tuesday, February 05, 2008