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fayanora
Feb. 19th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
Eesh.

Me, I'm doing good to remember things from a couple years ago. All my childhood memories of events are disjointed, blurry, indistinct, and in the wrong chronological order. Also, there are "memories" that I know for a fact are reconstructions of events from things my parents have told me. I can tell because my brain, in reconstructing things, used the wrong locations and people.

The only memories I have that are strong - and consistently so - are my memories of places. I have a nearly perfect 3D memory for places, the earliest I can remember being the area Grandma Cripe lived in, in Rockwell City Iowa. I remember it perfectly, the areas I was in frequently, anyway. A few holes, incomplete areas, but what I remember is vivid and strong enough to make a holodeck simulation out of. It's the same story for any place I've been lots of times, and even works if I've only been somewhere once and paid lots of attention. Also, even if I didn't pay attention, being somewhere once I can recognize it later, even though it doesn't stick in my conscious memory like the other stuff.

Only thing I haven't been able to figure out is why the place memories completely stop at Rockwell City. We lived in Beaver City, Nebraska just a few days before moving to live with Grandma for the summer, but for some reason there are no real place memories of anything prior to that summer. And not a single genuine event memory from before Grandma's, either. Just blackness, reconstructions, and a few fragments that I suspect are also reconstructions. Weird.

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