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Fnord
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28 May 2013, 2:37 pm

Juliana wrote:
Do You Remember Your Childhood?

Most of it, as if it had only recently happened.

Sometimes, when I'm just waking up, I think about how I should get down to the kitchen so I could raid the cereal box for the free toy before my sisters woke up ... but that was 40 to 50 years ago ...



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28 May 2013, 3:02 pm

Juliana wrote:
do you recall much of your childhood?


I remember quite a bit from childhood. Most of those memories were after age 5. I have a few memories between ages 3-5. And nothing before that.

I remember having a very difficult childhood. I felt very different than other kids when growing up. I had difficulty establishing relationships with other kids (as a result, I would simply shadow my older brother). And, the teasing and bullying were difficult (when my brother was not around to protect me).

I convinced myself that the situation was a "kid thing". That the other kids just needed to “grow out” of that stage (where kids are mean to one another). And, that once I was an adult, everything would be OK.

Talk about wishful thinking. Ha!

I was recently diagnosed. When I first learned about Aspergers in mid-December 2012, I started a lengthy process of documenting things from my past (both from childhood and adult life) that were consistent with the behavioral symptoms of Aspergers. I went through Baby Books and other similar things to “relive” my childhood.

It was an interesting process. Since, as an adult, I had repressed many of those unpleasant childhood memories. With that being said, the process was therapeutic – as those unpleasant memories are now all explained by my diagnosis.



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28 May 2013, 3:08 pm

Fnord wrote:
Most of it, as if it had only recently happened.

Sometimes, when I'm just waking up, I think about how I should get down to the kitchen so I could raid the cereal box for the free toy before my sisters woke up ... but that was 40 to 50 years ago ...


LOL. I remember fighting with my sister in the grocery store over the prize in the cereal box (as we were calling “dibs” immediately on seeing the very cool prize). It was a balloon-powered plastic car (forgot which brand of cereal). My mom had to buy two boxes of the cereal, to avoid an all out war in the cereal aisle.



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28 May 2013, 5:19 pm

I remember very early pieces, most have said I must have imagined them since I would have been only 1-3. I remember being in my grandmother's arms with my favorite blanket when I would have been <6 months, I recently saw a picture at my grandfather's funeral when I was a day old in the same house as I remember, in her arms with that blanket. I also remember when I lived in a camper when I was 6 months - 1 year old, and when my parents bought a trailer and were replacing the kitchen floor, I remember crawling on the plywood/particle board before they put down linoleum and I was under 1 year. I have numerous memories of falling down various stairs as well :). Most of my friends can't even remember school days and they were just 10 years ago.


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28 May 2013, 7:44 pm

Impressive :)


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28 May 2013, 9:19 pm

Yes, I can remember my childhood well. Many childhood events seem like only yesterday to me---literally. My earliest memory occurred when I was 6 months old. It was a storm which had produced a tornado near my home. In addition to memories of childhood events, I can also recall certain thoughts going on in my head during certain events of my childhood. I had a happy childhood that was magical in many ways. Many of these memories I can set in motion like a movie being played.


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