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  • My first very clear memory feels like it just appeared in my head one day when I was a young child. I had a head injury, so maybe that's what brought it on. I am 47 years old now, and when I play it in my head, the memory is just as clear as it was back then.

    I was lying on my back on the wooden kitchen table. It was a white table with dark blue trim. My parents had bought it secondhand and my mother had repainted it with varathane.

    I remember the gentle bumping of the back of my head on the hard table as I was moved and positioned. My mother was changing my diaper. I turned my head from side to side, looking around the kitchen. There were several groceries on the counter. One box said "Bugles". I can't remember what the rest said, now. "Bugles" was important to me because I knew they were a tasty snack which kids like me weren't allowed.

    Finally my mother lifted me up from the table by grabbing me under the arms, then placed me with my feet on the floor - bump.

    I waddled off into the living room with the unsteady pounding gait of a toddler, bowed legs and toes turned outwards. I remember looking down at the striped pattern on the front of my t-shirt. My mother made that t-shirt. I was wearing nothing but the t-shirt and the diaper. I still remember the pattern on the living room rug. Brown swirls and flowers. I think my mother still has it.
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