Slice of Life Story Challenge March 23 -Time, Memories And The Ghosts of Childhood
In childhood time often moves quite slowly. It stretches away into the distance. We are suitably dazzled and distracted by the immediate moments that surround our lives. We embrace moments, new and exciting. -Moments requiring our undivided attention. When you are in the midst of these childhood years you are too close to the action to ever realize that time is passing.
I recall summertime in my own childhood. It seemed to last forever. Those holidays presented opportunities for a myriad of adventures. Time was relegated to the background. We were immersed in the now. The inevitable return to school was an intrusion on endless summer fun. Returning to school was not on the radar. We were too busy for such thoughts.
What we see, what we feel in childhood is often more acutely felt. An increased sensitivity is often attached to those early memories. They are emotionally loaded. We were not merely sad, we were devastated. We were never just happy, we were over the moon with joy. This is why such memories, even in our adult years remain as vivid recollections.
A teacher informed me recently that she wrote a book at school when she was only six years old. When she the book home to show her father, he virtually showed no reaction. It left her feeling bereft. She still has that book and she vividly recalls the pain she felt all those years ago. It glows brightly in her bank of memories. Time moves slowly in childhood, maybe that is why memories go so deep.