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When I look back through my old family photo albums I find it difficult to recall much more than what is pictured in their pages The dated clothing the people the locations all of these are quite visible and therefore appear memorable but the fact is without the visual prompt I probably wouldnt recollect many of the pictured events at all Things that made no major impact on my life remain simple illustrations in the back of my mind or images in the album tucked away in the back of an unused closet Looking at a picture of my fifth birthday party I can see who was there what the cake looked like the gifts I received but I cant remember much else Other times in my childhood I remember rather vividly however Its funny how memory is selective like that how certain things can be completely retold down to every last detail Often however a simple prompt can trigger an outpouring of memories that may have otherwise remained hidden deep in the mind A sight a sound perhaps a smellall of these things can trigger a deluge of retrospection We have a home movie of this partyit is grainy and of short duration but its a great visual aid to my memory of life at that time And it is in color - the only complete scene in color I can recall from those years -Judith Ortiz Cofer Silent Dancing In her book Silent Dancing Cofer recounts the memories of her childhood induced while watching this short piece of film Each scene brought about more memories as colors and scents of the past were relived through it Because the film was silent however those parts of the past had to be made upexplored by her When I think of the things that remind me of my childhood and development one
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