Think back about …

First Memory

Freud called our earliest memories screen memories. Even if these first memories actually happened, the way we recall them may be dream-like, as if obscured by a screen that distorts them. They may be influenced by stories others have told us or reflective of unconscious wishes we had at the time. Think back … what is one of your first memories? Do you think this early memory really happened the way you recall it? Share your first memory stories forward.

Stories on This Week's Writing Prompt

Featured Story

Tongue Tied
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This is my first memory, and is it accurate? I believe it is, especially now that I have a lot of context around it.

Readers’ Choice

A Taste of Honey
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On Thursdays we got to stay for lunch, which was very exciting - chicken noodle soup and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
A Horse With No Name
I don't know the name of the horse.
Tonsillectomy, Age Three
My tonsils are out A nurse speaks: “Do you want ice cream, or ice chips?”
Harmonica Boy — RetroFlash
Jamaica Plain housing project — age 3, going on 4
The Evil Luncheonette
Down there among the warehouses, trucking firms and junk yards that populated the Jersey City side of the Bay was a [...]
Good Night and Good Luck Retroflash
I didn’t learn who McCarthy was until much later. And I know now why news is so important.
Keeping It Reeled?
I’m sure that among the filmed “memories” are some that I truly recall, but after so many viewings of the home movies I can’t [...]
My Screen Memory
My screen memory is actually about my baby brother and my wish that he would disappear.
Noir
Prequel. 1948. Somewhere in L.A…a black-and-white memory… I’m alone, a small child standing on the upholstered [...]
Memories or Home Movies?
I often get comments about the treasure vault of old photos I provide in these stories. My father was the family [...]
The Old Man and the Sea – RetroFlash
Finally we drove down the road past our house Onto the dirt part. (We’d always turned off there.)   We drove on [...]
My Heart Remembers My Grandmother’s Hotel
The leader of a writing workshop I took years ago asked us to think back to our earliest memories and write about a place our [...]
Fluffy, or How I Got My Dog
It’s hard to know if I actually remember some of the stories my parents would tell about my naughty or my endearing childhood [...]

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Think back about …

First Memory

Freud called our earliest memories screen memories. Even if these first memories actually happened, the way we recall them may be dream-like, as if obscured by a screen that distorts them. They may be influenced by stories others have told us or reflective of unconscious wishes we had at the time. Think back … what is one of your first memories? Do you think this early memory really happened the way you recall it? Share your first memory stories forward.

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