What is your earliest memory?
My earliest memory is of my sister Ann (who is one yr younger than me) and I playing in front of our home. We liked to pick the bark off the tree since it came off in shapes like a jigsaw puzzle. We spent a lot of time after a rainstorm sitting on the curb playing in the water in the gutter. We'd push leaves through the water with sticks pretending they were boats going to some fun place.
My mom couldn't seem to discourage us from doing this. So one day she told us if we played in the water again it would put holes in our faces. We steered clear of the water for a long time but one day we couldn't resist and we played our boat game. Afterwards, Ann and I were hysterical thinking of what was going to happen to our faces. To ease our great upset, Mom told us she just made it up to keep us from touching the dirty water.
My sister was so relieved to hear that news that she hugged my mother.
I, on the other hand, felt resentful that my mother lied to me.
Needless to say, I was happy to learn my face would stay unharmed, but the disappointment and resentment over the lie carried more weight for me.
Isn't it interesting how two sisters can be raised by the same parents, in the same house, with almost all the same experiences and still have very different reactions to the same thing?
That philosphy stayed with us for every year of our lives and remains true today.