When you write do a lot of your memories wander in? I call my Mom and ask her if she remembers this or that. She laughs and says, "give me a minute, I need to open the vault." She has a great memory. I'm not talking in regards to her age, just in general. We both have this odd thing about birthdays and remembering dates. I remember birthdays of people I have met and don't see anymore. The don't see involves being military and moving so much. I'm not sure why I remember, but I do. Why do I remember? What impacted me to tuck it away in my vault(memory). Do you remember things, that you don't necessarily try to, just do?!
I wonder do our memories have a connection with sensory overload. Maybe our senses were on full alert, when we gathered and tucked away our thoughts, in our hard drive. I mean vault ;D
How far back can you remember? We hear stories of what we did when we were little. We see photos and home movies? But what memory of being a child is still fully alive in your memories? I remember my Mom and I getting ready for a party. The mantel of the fireplace was decorated with birthday cards and there was music playing. I think I was four. I was dancing, but I had to get my hair done. I have Indian type hair. My mom and grandmother always tried to curl my hair with those pale pink sponge rollers and Dippity Do. Yes, they still make that green goo. Before that, it was something black with bristles they would stick in my hair like pine cones. My hair was always a cause of drama. Mom wanted it long with some wavy or ringlets on the ends. Her MIL wanted it short and curly. Anyway, I am getting dressed up in this gray dress. I called my Mom after having this memory. "Why gray? I look at all the photos of my friends, no one wore gray as a child? What's up with the gray dress? Were you depressed?"
She acts stunned and laughs "No, you had gray eyes till you reached the age of five. They were so different and when you wore gray your eyes were beautiful."
"Really gray eyes? I didn't know that. What color were my eyes when I was born?"
"They were brown, changed to gray and then became dark brown almost black."
I never knew this...So see what memories linger and play with them. Who knows what details you will gather for your writing. I'm still in shock, really gray! Check with your vault, see what happens!