Memories and what people remember in their lives has always held a fascination for me. Why do we remember some things and not others? Do we really remember them or are we just reminded of them by other people? I can remember some things of when I was 5 but not many things. Are we just told things so often and that’s why or do we really remember them?
When I was little I was told many times over that I put raisins up my brothers nose and he had to be taken to the emergency room but I don’t really remember that. I was told that I did that. I was talking to my brother one day about something that was really clear in my mind and he had no idea what I was talking about. Why do I remember that and he doesn’t?
I remember a few years back when I was at a family gathering and one of my cousins was practically jumping up and down telling me something that we did when we were little and I had no idea what she was talking about. But she was so darn excited that I pretended to remember because it sounded like it was one of her happiest memories and I didn’t want to take anything away from her.
My mom also does this all the time. She will remember things in the past and I don’t and I often wonder if we even lived the same life. It’s almost like she remembers our life like Little House On The Prairie. It was nothing like she talks about. But I don’t say anything to her either. I just let her ramble on and on.
So what is it that makes us remember what we do? Do you often find yourself remembering things that other don’t? Or do others remember things you don’t?