Scientists tell us
sixty percent of adult memories
come from the time between 15 and 25 years.
The “reminiscence bump” stores
early adolescence and young adulthood
to revisit on cold winter nights
or with the familiar scent of the first spring rain.
What of the other 40% of memory?
The sweeping snowy owl
flying low past our car on a long ago night;
paddling the quiet waterways of the Pine Barrens
in a dark green canoe;
badminton at a sparkling fourth of July picnic;
or an Easter egg hunt on a plush green expanse.
Snatches of memory from early childhood
bubble up unannounced,
bright and vivid —
as if fighting to remain.