If you have every had a significant or traumatic life experience, sometimes the smallest things can trigger memories that take you to the exact moment of the event like it is a current event. This dad relates to his children through his own childhood memories that are often triggered at unexpected or unwelcome times. The jigsaws that piece things together help us understand each other.
When I was younger I had several physical problems, needing several operations. By the time I was 13 I’d had 10 – 15 operations. I was a sickly little thing. It was one of those things. I knew nothing different. I thought that was what happened. My parents were amazingly supportive. My mother would stay when she could. I never remember being alone, except for the last operation, when 13 I was on an adult ward. Most things I have forgotten, but I do remember certain things.
I remember my third birthday vividly. I was recovering after major surgery. I remember needing help to open my presents.