What's your earliest memory?

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
August 13, 2018 - 9:24 am

On my recent vacation, my kids and I were discussing how some of our best memories happen during family trips.  That led to a discussion of trying to recall our very earliest memories.

What's your earliest memory?

I think mine was from preschool at age 3 or 4.  My family went to see a taping of the "Bozo the Clown" show.  I remember being there and then going back to school and telling my classmates about it the next day.  I have a few other memories from preschool.

I also remember going to the hospital to see my mom and new little brother when I was four and a half.

According to an article, that a listener sent a link to, most adult humans don't remember much before they turn four.

"The vast majority of scientific research, for decades, has found that our brains simply don’t have the ability to process and encode life experiences into long-term memories before the age of three-and-a-half (we might have some memories of those early years when we’re kids, but they fade away by the time we reach third grade)," reporter Ed Cara said on gozmodo.com.  Click here to read the article...  

Some of our listeners tell us they do have earlier memories of very traumatic or dramatic events in their lives.  Here are some of the texts they sent to 870870 during the Early Edition of WWL First News from 5:00am to 6:00am:

  • Seeing president Kennedy's funeral on TV. I had just turned 4.
  • I was 4 . I was outside with dad and neighbor looking up at the moon as they were discussing man landing on the moon.
  • I was 3 or 4 I went to see the original planet of the apes with my family
  • 1991/ 3 years old Uncle's House,Exiting off Franklin Ave in New Orleans, pops drinking beer talking about Uncle's HUGE TV SATELLITE IN BACKYARD
  • Escaped out my house at 3yrs old and walked 1.5miles to the Dairy Queen in the middle of the night to find my mom. Cops brought me home.
  • I remember in pre-K running around rubbing all the women's pantyhose
  • Bouncing on my dad's knee, watching the moon landing.☺
  • My earliest memory is when I was five and they broadcasted Elvis was dead. My mom cried that's all I remember.
  • I was two or three but I remember P and off the front porch all the time
  • When I was about four we took a trip to Denver, CO and I remember seeing an Indian in full headdress performing a rain dance.
  • Four years old and seeing 911 on the news
  • My earlier memory was at 2 when I decided I was going to smush a bee that was on the ground, got stung instead and screamed my head off.
  • The World's Fair in New Orleans and I was 5 years old
  • I was 6 years old when president Kennedy was killed. I remember going in the school yard to say a prayer and the pledge of allegiance. They then sent us home
  • I was 2 when Hurricane Betsy hit. Years later I described to my mother the shuttered windows shaking. She was astounded I remembered that.
  • 4 yrs old ride tricycle during eye of hurricane Betsy in Thibodaux
  • I remembered @4 yrs old the biggest butt wippen for taken a red color marked completely around the outside my daddy’s house.
  • My 1st memory was age 3 when I had to attend great-grandmother's funeral. Very scary
  • Two of my earliest memories were mom killed a big rattle snake while my brother and I were in the back yard and the other one was sticking a flat head screw driver into a wall socket. Both were somewhere in the 2-3 year old range and to this day I do not like fooling with electricity
  • I remember getting my hand caught in a in a washing machine and then got a whooping after and washing my sisters and brother poo poo diapers
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