Bruce has sent me a toughie. I have to:
- Describe my earliest memory where the memory is clear, and where “clear” means I can depict at least three details.
- Give an estimate of my age at the time.
- Tag five other bloggers with this meme.
When I was very young I used to share a bedroom with my younger sister. It was an upstairs bedroom in a two-storey house, and where we join the action I was lying on the upper bunk or our bunk bed. I can remember the curtains in the room, which I liked, even if–for reasons unknown–I found them a little scary. (They depicted schooners and ships.) I remember looking beyond the curtains and across the road to where a vacant lot stood. It was just bushland surrounded by houses, and there was a large rock in the middle of the lot which, if you were looking at it from my angle and vantage point, resembled a human face.
I guess that was the first time I noticed it–my sister and I would often remark upon it for years afterwards, until the lot was eventually bought and developed. I think we even tried to locate it once.
Oh great. My earliest memory turns out to be a case of pareidolia.
(By the way–I think I was about three at the time.)
Dan Dennett on the meme: