What is your earliest memory? How far back can you remember? Where were you? What were you doing? How old were you? What did it smell like? What did you hear? Who were you with? What did you see?
Here is what I remember... riding in a white wood-paneled Town & Country much like the one seen here. I was probably 2 or 3 year's old, riding in some sort of children's car seat similar to this. Although I remember a chrome metal and brown leather car-seat; which sounds pretty freaking painful A. more metal as protection for the onset of a car accident and B. hot leather seats in Richmond VA. Please also remember this was the 80's, prior to laws regulating child safety/seat belts/etc. AND about 10 years before people disgustingly doted-on their children AND where in the good-old 80's a spanking in public was considered just fine (so as long as you didn't go bazerk). My mother had just picked me up from my babysitter, Rachel Bailey, who was married to Hubert Bailey and all their children were grown and left the nets. Rachel kept a group of oddball kids, for supplemental income. The Bailey's are basically the nicest folks on earth. Anyway my mom had just picked me up from work, where she was most likely smoking a cigarette in the front seat; again not uncommon for the 80's. We were riding along and she blasted, Cindy Lauper's song "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" We were singing at the top of our lungs. AND that is it, the memory ends. I'm unsure whether or not 100% of this memory is factual or somewhat dreamt, but overall it is heartwarming.
With regards to material and popular culture, I always flashback to this moment whenever this song comes or I see a wood-paneled station wagon or some sort of nasty brown leather/metal car seat. What was your first memory?
6/20/2013 10:11:13 am
And boy or boy could we play the radio loud, drive down the road singing and smoke! Still can today (except no smoking)!
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