Yesterday, I got to talk with some high school seniors about their memories of 9/11. They would have been in kindergarten, and therefore, among the youngest people to remember that day.
At home last night, I was talking with my sisters and mother about remembering things from that age.
My younger sister is the same age as the students I interviewed – but she doesn’t remember anything from 9/11. My older sister said she doesn’t remember much from kindergarten.
But then I got thinking and I can remember a couple of big events from that age.
I remember the 1992 presidential election and being upset when Bush Sr. wasn’t reelected. I stood in my mother’s room and remember watching the electoral tallies come in.
I also remember my backpack in kindergarten, it was Aladdin and had jewels on it. I also remember the nuns at my Catholic school making a big deal about the first time I wore my glasses to school in an effort to make me feel good about my new look. (Maybe that’s why I’ve never felt a desire to get rid of my glasses….hm….)
I really only have very vague memories of events before that year.
Anyway, do you remember kindergarten? What are your memories?
Here’s what the scene looked like when myself and Daily Item photographer Rob Inglis arrived:
What struck me first was the smell. It was a charred wood smell, mixed with a pungent barn smell from the family’s barn across the street.
It’s these smells that stick with you – you get them in your nose and you can smell them for days afterward.
For example, about a month ago, I was on the scene of an accident which happened to be near where a deer carcass was laying. I walked around with the roadkill deer smell in my nostrils for about a week afterward. I couldn’t get it out of my head.
Even now, when I smell that roadkill-ish, garbage smell, I think right back to that accident scene.
What takes you back to certain memories? Are you a smeller too?