Do you have a vivid memory that is associated to something you still regularly do? I have a few – hot dogs for instance will always be tied to the one time I was made to eat one by a babysitter we had even thought I told her I wasn’t feeling well. You can guess how that one ended.
Or the smell of a radiator (which I don’t see/smell often anymore) will forever trigger the memory of falling down the stairs and knocking into the radiator with my head. The lady (she was a nice lady!) watching us thought I wasn’t hurt and just wanted to get sympathy (I’m pretty sure I was a dramatic child…), but later she finally looked at my head after I showed her my bloody hand. She jammed my head under the faucet trying to clean it out to get a better look at the cut. I was fine, but the smell of a radiator instantly takes me back to that night.
However, there is one particular memory that the moment I step onto a boat dock I can’t help but to relive it. I was young maybe 7-8?? We were in Lake Geneva WI at our family cabin and we’d taken a friend’s boat out for the fireworks on the 4th of July. It was late and I brought my baby blanket with me. (don’t judge – I love that freaking baby blanket!).
In the summer fireworks don’t start until dark which is easily close to 9pm. By the time they were over, I was so tired. We finally got back to the boat dock, and as we were stepping off the boat, I stepped into the water instead of on to the dock. I went right between the boat and the dock.
I can remember the cold being shocking, and opening my eyes and it being so incredibly dark. I can still feel the seaweed wrapping around my legs. The only thing I can remember thinking was “don’t let go of your blanket”. I was a good swimmer, but I didn’t even try to get to the surface, or maybe there wasn’t time. I know a hand reached in and pulled me out, and I remember scrapping my leg on the dock. Even after I was out of the water, I remember thinking why I didn’t try to get to the surface. I do know that I was never scared. So odd to be so little and in a scary situation, but not to have felt scared for myself by only upset that I could have lost my blanket.
After all these years I still get teased when we are waking on a boat dock. Over this past weekend my family rented out a water taxi for a private tour to celebrate my Dad getting married, and everyone had to remind me about that time I fell into the water. When I think of it it’s like it was yesterday. Cold, dark, and that seaweed. I can still feel the seaweed on my legs.
Do you have a vivid memory from your childhood?
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