I don't recall what exactly was my earliest memory, but what I consider to be my earliest memory was a trip that I took when I was about three years old, perhaps even younger. It was a trip to Newport News, Virginia to visit my aunt (Geneva),my uncle (Bob), and my cousin (Bill). We took my Grandma who was the mother of both my aunt and my dad. In retrospect, I am sure that might have been one of the main reasons for the trip since my uncle was a career Army officer and often was posted overseas. At this point in time, however, he was at Fort Eustis in Newport News.
The trip from Ohio to Virginia was memorable enough in that both my grandmother and I suffered with motion sickness during the trip through the Appalachians . Although we left late (at night) so that I would sleep through the long trip, I didn't sleep much because of the motion sickness. I do remember that much.
But once there, among other experiences, I remember a trip to the Atlantic Ocean where my cousin and I played in the waves. It was the first time I had ever seen the ocean. Bill and I ended up soaked and new clothes had to be purchased. I remember seeing large ships in the distance (probably it was Norfolk where the Navy has many ships). The whole trip, for me, was magical if only for playing in the ocean.
For some time these memories were so strong that I thought that I had imagined this trip so finally I asked my parents about it. They were so surprised by all of my recollections of the trip (some of which they had forgotten) because I was so young. In fact, that is when I found out why I was the "chosen one" (this is the only trip that I can ever recall being the only child in tow). I know now that I was "chosen" to go for several reasons. The main reason was that I was potty-trained, but my younger sister wasn't. My older sister was in kindergarten, and thus she and my younger sister stayed at home with my other grandparents.
It was many years before I saw the ocean again; this time, it was the Pacific Ocean, on a trip west, my sisters got to view the ocean, too.
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