Meeeeeem-riiiieeeeees… (blog challenge day 13)

I think it’s about time for spellcheck to start recognizing the word “blog.”

blog challenge

What’s my earliest memory?

Um… breakfast this morning?

Seriously, I have a terrible memory. It was never great, and then it got murdalized about eleven years ago. Having kids also didn’t help; I used to have a blog called “C-Section Lobotomy” because I swore they took part of my brain out with my babies.

I don’t really remember my wedding. Childhood is a blur.

This is weird, but here goes. This is my earliest memory:

I’m lying in bed in a bedroom with woodland creatures on the walls. It’s naptime, and bright enough in the room that I’m having trouble falling asleep. Or maybe I just don’t like napping.* In any case, I’m lying there awake, and I hear something. It sounds like an army of soldiers on foot, marching in time.

crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch

march, march, march, march

But I can only hear it in the ear that’s pressed to my pillow. When I turn onto my back, I can’t hear it. When I turn over, I hear it on the other side.

thump, thump, thump, thump

I fall asleep to the sound, knowing it’s nothing to be afraid, but still wondering where it’s coming from.

You have all probably already figured out what I did later, that it was my own heartbeat swishing trough my ears. Like I said, weird memory, but that’s it. Sometimes I still listen for the army in my pillow when I’m falling asleep. I don’t always hear it now; it’s often drowned out by the high-pitched EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE that’s always there. But sometimes I still hear it, especially when I have earplugs in.

*Weird how many things I like now that I hated when I was a kid. Naps, baths, broccoli, um… that’s all.


About Kate Sparkes

Kate Sparkes was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but now resides in Newfoundland, where she tries not to talk too much about the dragons she sees in the fog. She lives with five cats, two dogs, and just the right amount of humans. USA Today bestselling author of the Bound Trilogy (mature YA Fantasy), Into Elurien, and Vines and Vices. Writing dark, decadent, and deadly Urban Fantasy as Tanith Frost. View all posts by Kate Sparkes

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