Childhood Memories

One of the benefits of becoming a senior is to enjoy pleasant memories of our earlier years.

My wife, Dianne, has been talking to me about the benefits of recalling childhood memories.  That brought to my recollection an event with my younger brother.

I’m guessing we were 7 and 8, or so.  I was the older/wiser of the duo (pay no attention to his alternate view).

At the time, we were living on a small farm, and one of the outbuildings was an old garage with doors that swung open and closed on both sides of the entrance to the garage.

The modern version of doors we climbed as kids.

David and I discovered that we could climb to the roof of the garage by using the bracing on the inside of one of the doors and then clambering up to the roof.  Our first discovery was that the view from the higher elevation of the roof was better than the view from the ground.

Then our adventure grew with our curiosity. As I imagine any farmer would acknowledge, having cats around the farm is a good thing.  Cats can be very helpful in controlling the population of unwanted rodents such as mice.  Another benefit of having cats nearby is that cats produce kittens, and those cute cuddly creatures caught our attention.

Even at that young age, my brother and I had heard that cats have the unique ability to always land on their feet, unlike other quadrupeds, such as horses and rhinos.

About the size of the cats by brother and I used in our "experiments".

But, to us, that was only a rumor.  Being young, budding scientists, we knew rumor had little if any scientific value.  We determined to gather data or evidence to determine the accuracy or validity, or lack of validity, and arrive at the truth for ourselves.

But, to us, that was only a rumor.  Being young, budding scientists, we knew rumor had little if any scientific value.  We determined to gather data or evidence to determine the accuracy or validity, or lack of validity, and arrive at the truth for ourselves.

More young scientists expanding human knowledge.

We were both pleased to note the cat did indeed land on its feet!  Was that normal for a cat or was this kitten particularly gifted in acrobatics?  The only way we felt we could determine the answer to that question was to continue testing...which we did.

In the process of our continued testing, we learned even more information.  It got more and more difficult for us to catch the cats!  Apparently, cats can reason from cause to effect.  They did not seem to value the conclusions that our tests seemed to be validating.

So, how about you?  What childhood memories come to your mind as you rehearse your earlier years?  What did you learn from them?  Are they pleasant memories or maybe not so much?

The comforting conclusion for me is to realize that even if my short-term memory isn’t what it used to be, I can still appreciate memories from my youth.  Even if I forget where I left my phone or keys 30 seconds ago, I can still enjoy pleasant memories from my earlier years!



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