Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Each week, Thursday's Thoughts poses a new question of the week. This week's question asks, "What are your earliest childhood memories?" I can't remember much before the age of five. My first memory involves cookies and not in a good way. In Kindergarten, I ate black walnut cookies during one of the milk breaks. I don't know where the cookies came from or why anyone would feed children black walnut cookies, but they did. I felt ill almost immediately and asked permission to go to the bathroom. And here's where my earliest memory kicks in. I can vividly and in great detail recall running down a flight of stairs and throwing up once I reached the bottom. I remember green colors. This memory always involves the putrid green color. It also involves sawdust. Seems strange that I would have been present to watch the clean up, but sawdust sticks in my mind. What a lovely, traumatic first memory. I haven't eaten a black walnut cookie since this incident. Good thing, too, because when I was in fourth grade, I saw an allergist. They conducted one of those skin prick tests for allergies and guess what? My body reacted to the walnut test, forming a very large, swollen welt over the prick site.
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