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.

Quotes to Live By: German Kent

Happy New Year! May your year be blessed in many expected and unexpected ways. 🥂

“Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.”

German Kent
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31 Days of Gratitude – Day 31

Yay! It’s less than an hour until 2023!!!! I am so excited to see what this new year brings. No doubt there will be ups and downs as there are every year. I have a feeling though that this coming year will be filled with a lot more ups than usual so I am grateful in advance for all the blessings coming my way. 😁😁😁

My son is gone again but I am glad that he is with family and occupied rather that dwelling on the fact that he was supposed to be with his dad this holiday. He is safe where he is and he is happy and that’s all I can ask for. I am very grateful for this as well.

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Let me end by saying thank you to God for His grace and mercy as well as His love, generosity, protection and guidance throughout this year. Everything I have and I have overcome is because He made it so. I am learning that it’s easier to let go of things when you know the outcome is in God’s hands. It’s scary because the outcome may not be what you have planned but you just have to trust that it will be what you need and/or can handle.

Have a wonderful start to your 2023! May God pour his richest blessing upon you and your loved ones this year. Thank to all for visiting, reading, commenting and following my blog this year. I look forward to connecting again in 2023! 🥂

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