The other day there was a blog suggested with the
above title. I always thought my memories go very far
back however I could not immediatley recall what
my very first memory may have been. After thinking
about it for a while now I came to the conclusion
that one of my first memories may have been about
sitting in a stroller and sleeping in a cot. I remember
how thrilled I was when after my third birthday I was
allowed to change from my cot into a single bed. I felt
really grown-up then! And from that age on I certainly
was not pushed around in a stroller anymore. I was able
to walk to where ever we were going.I can still remember
the little store-room where my stroller was kept, looking
at the stroller and thinking, ah yes, I was pushed aoun
in this when I was little.
I was born in 1934. It must have been before my third
birthday because I remember I was still using the cot
to sleep in, when my Mum said ‘Gute Nacht’ and she
explained to me that she was going out that night. I
should tell her to have a good time (“Mutti amüsier
dich gut!” and kiss her Goodnight. Actually this
definitely happened on a number of occasions.
At the time we did not have a live-in maid yet. Ma father
did not always work in the same town where we lived.
When my mother went out at night-time, it would often
have been with her sister. So I, little Uta, was left in
my cot all on my own in the apartment. When Mum left,
I would happily wish her a good time. I really wanted
her to have a good time. Because then my Mum felt
happy. I loved it when she felt happy. I cannot
remember ever having felt scared as a kid because I was
left alone for a while!
At the time it was quite normal in Germany for people
to leave their little children unattended at home.