Teddy Bears and Geese

Bloganuary Day 3 – what a challenge!

Today’s Prompt: What is the earliest memory you have?

Well. I honestly don’t know what my earliest memory actually is. I do remember my tartan teddy which I wrote about last year. He got lost before I was 4 I would say but it was clearly a pretty tragic event for me because I still remember him very clearly and the pic is just proof that he did exist and i am not going mad ..lol

The Farm

Other than my teddy, I remember having an awesome childhood. We spent a lot of time on the farm where I ran wild with my cousins and had a ton of fun. I remember my gran taking my sister and I for a walk through the sugar cane on our way to the dam. We dodged a huge cane rat and a snake that was in hot pursuit of it on that particular trip. I remember my cousin and I being chased by geese. We were in tears and our dads were crying as well but for a very different reason. They were crying tears of laughter at our stupidity especially since they did warn us. 😂 Of course my favourite memory of the farm was sunday afternoons when we would stop at my aunt’s shop to say goodbye and she would give us each a little bag of sweets. Well, guess who my favourite aunt on the farm was…lol

The Flats

I also remember us living in the local council flats. There were lots of kids to play with and play we did. Michelle was such a common name then that there was a Michelle in almost every block. When the mum’s would come out and shout for us at the end of the day, the name Michelle would be heard most often. One of my clearest memories of that time was the day my mum asked me to sit on the stairs and wait for the ice-cream man to come. I was so excited. When he did arrive and my mum came out, the coins had all disappeared. Turns out I had put them in my mouth and accidently swallowed them although I did not remember actually doing it at the time and to this day. Needless to say, we didn’t have any ice-cream that day and it took a few more days before that money was recovered. 🤦🏽‍♀️ TV came to South Africa in 1976. I was 3 years old then. We didn’t have a TV then. When we moved to the flats, my best friend’s family lived below us. They would let my sister and I watch a programme or two in the evenings. TV programming only started at 6pm.

I don’t know if the same thing happened to you but I noticed that the memories I do have of those early years are memories that have a strong emotion attached to them. Some are joyful and some are created through a traumatic or fear-filled event. If I am not mistaken, this has been proven in a study somewhere along the way. I know that Tony Robbins also talks about doing things, especially with your kids and loved ones, that invoke strong positive emotions to create lasting memories of the experience for everyone. I guess it clearly works.

Thanks for reading. I hope you had as fun with the topic as I did going down memory lane. Bye for now.


Author: groundedafrican

Proudly South African mum to a bright and gorgeous young human. Employee. Life Coach in the making. Blogger. Fascinated with and passionate about people and helping them grow.

9 thoughts on “Teddy Bears and Geese”

  1. What a fun post! My 2023 WORD is “Ready!” I am ready for whatever unexpected blessings God throws my way. Your blog always is one of them. Today I dig back in my memory as you did. One of my earliest was eating fresh sliced tomatoes at my aunt’s neighbor’s house in front of a big picture window as I watched the procession drive by with my grandmother in the coffin on the back of the hearse. I was not allowed to attend. Mother thought I (about age 4) was too young to understand. I have earlier memories, too, but I think they are from pictures taken and stories told rather than my actual remembrance.

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    1. Thank you! READY! I love it! I did see your post about it and was going to comment this evening. I still haven’t quite settled on mine yet but I am doing a lot of meditating on it so I should have one soon.
      What a bitter sweet memory that is. 🤗 My memories are largely also from age 4 onwards. I think only the loss of my teddy was possibly a year earlier than that and stands out because i must have been pretty traumatised by it at the time.

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  2. It’s amazing how people (you and I) can be from different parts of the world and yet have similar childhoods! I’m a bit older than you, but we also had the ice cream trucks; and I had a cousin who swallowed a penny; and your Teddy reminds me of my Bugs Bunny doll that I loved to carry everywhere. This goes to show how the innocence of childhood is so universal. Thanks for a great read!

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    1. Thank you. Strangely enough, despite all the years of playing on the farm, that was the only rat and snake I ever encountered. My gran just told us to keep still and they both went through my sister’s legs. I happened so quickly that it took a while to register what had happened.

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  3. You had your teddy, I have my Tiger. My daughter still has her puppy. Children or adults will retain a memory when a strong emotion is attached, proven by science. I was never chased by geese, but my grandmother’s rooster chased me all over, my parents and grandparents laughing as I was told. Thank you for sharing some of your childhood with us.

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