Childhood Memories Essay

1086 WordsJun 11, 20095 Pages
What makes a childhood memory significant is a combination of many things. It depends on the surroundings of one’s life, as well as the events that go on during the childhood stage. The significant memory could be positive or negative, but the memories of our childhood are in the present. The shape of our lives and often situations in the present bring our mind to a childhood past occurrence. In the Blair Reader, we are introduced to a section called Family Ties. This story shares the idea that children will have different experiences, different challenges and different memories all depending on financial status, family members, geographic location, divorce and remarriage. An individual’s memory is unique to that person. People may have similar feelings about a memory, but that memory belongs to them. There is not one other person in this world who could have experienced the same exact memory. Unless they are a sibling or another person who was there; and even then, their perspective would be different. Individuals can relate in one another and understand each other’s memories, but each one is unique to that one individual’s experiences and situations. Several people can share the importance of a shared memory, but each person holds that memory inside in their own unique way. As we grow older the memories and experiences of our childhood past shape us into the individual we are in the present. In Gary Soto’s, One Last Time, we are introduced to a man who had recently seen the movie Gandhi. While seeing this movie It reminds him of something familiar. He recognizes not the faces of the characters in the movie, but the childhood memories of his relatives. He remembers growing up with a family of migrant laborers; he eventually had to do migrant work as well. He has one memory that really stood out from his childhood. Soto describes his mother after a day at work. “

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