Writer In Florence Ela Vasilescu

What is the first memory of your childhood?


With each passing day Okay, you’re right! is developing into something tangible.  I am excited to give you a sneak peek and share fragments from the book.

My mind kept returning to that little boy in the sketch hanging on Mark’s wall. What were his dreams, his hopes, his beliefs?

Someone once told me that the first memory of your life defines who you choose to be. It is that first memory that programs your humanity and generates the paths for you to choose. With little Mark staring down at me, I had to ask him, What is the first memory of your childhood?

The answer was about to hit me square in the chest, literally taking my breath away.

“I was around three years old. I don’t truly know because I remember little before the age of 11.  This is one of few memories I can picture clearly, very clearly.”

“I am sitting on a swing in our backyard.  We live in Belgium. A large hedge separates the play area from the formal garden, so I can’t see the house, and they can’t see me.”

“I am waiting. I am swinging. I am panicking.”

About the author

Ela Vasilescu

I’m a writer based in Florence, Italy.

Human nature inspires me, different cultures, traditions, folk stories and the differences which make us unique. Documenting stories is a privilege, a glimpse into humanity, an unforgettable experience, one which I embrace and honour every day.

If you have a story twitching in the back of your pocket, one that is ready to be told, shared and heard, chances are I will be ready to listen; so don’t hesitate to send me an email.

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By Ela Vasilescu
Writer In Florence Ela Vasilescu