In the earliest memory I can date with certainty I'm 18 months old. I also remember being in the cot, the pattern on my baby pillow, and the marks on the ceiling over my bed. I remember my mother's silent, singular attention when I repeated a three syllable word, again, at 18 months, according to family lore. I'm 54 now.
I have many, many memories of my early life. I don't know why this is so - some of them have particular emotional content (my mother could be very frightening) but many of them are simple observation. I wonder if it has anything to do with my Aspie traits of attention to detail and hyperfocus (or maybe just because I've got a very good memory).

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