October 6, 2014
As we get older we find it difficult, if not impossible, to remember our early childhood. Yet we all have a first memory. Mine is the time I tied my shoes by myself. Oh, I was so excited and proud. I raced down the steps to tell my Mom.
Here are ten quotes of early childhood recollections. They all make perfect sense, give the paths the speakers have taken and the careers they’ve had.
I spent my childhood eating. The only exercise I got was trying to twist off the cap of a jar of mayonnaise.
— Richard Simmons, fitness guru
Playing guitar was one of my childhood hobbies, and I had played a little at school and at camp. My parents would drag me out to perform for my family, like all parents do, but it was a hobby – nothing more.
— Bonnie Raitt, singer
I have a love affair with tomatoes and corn. I remember them from my childhood. I only had them in the summer. They were extraordinary.
— Alice Waters, chef
My earliest thought, long before I was in high school, was just to go away, get out of my house, get out of my city. I went to Medford High School, but even in grade school and junior high, I fantasized about leaving.
— Paul Theroux, travel writer
One of my earliest memories was me singing ‘Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’ at the top of my voice when I was seven. I got totally carried away. My grandmother, Sarah, was in the next room. I didn’t even realize she was there. I was terribly embarrassed.
— James Taylor, singer
–My earliest memories are doing commercials and TV.
Jodie Foster, actress
I played music and sang from my earliest memories. The first pictures of me show me wandering around with a guitar that was larger than I was, and it became almost second nature to me.
— Dwight Yoakam, singer
I still love making hamburgers on the grill. I guess whenever I eat them childhood memories come up for me.
— Bobby Flay, chef
Chocolate is the first luxury. It has so many things wrapped up in it: deliciousness in the moment, childhood memories, and that grin-inducing feeling of getting a reward for being good.
— Mariska Hargitay, actress
I’m just lucky. I do have very clear memories of childhood. I find that many people don’t, but I’m just very fortunate that I have that kind of memory.
— Beverly Cleary, children’s literature author
Try and remember your earliest childhood recollections. It’s a first step to telling your life story.
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