Before My Time | Episode 2 (Sims 4 Series)

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Sad Childhood Memories: Speech Lady

“In the life of everyone there is a limited number of experiences which are not written upon the memory, but stamped there with a die; and in the long years after, they can be called up in detail, and every emotion that was stirred by them can be lived through anew; these are the tragedies of life.”

— James Weldon Johnson

It was Pre-K, and Yanna (my twin sister) and I were doing speech.

I remember what we were doing; the speech lady had taken us to an activity room with this black recorder thing sitting on the table, she had me and my twin sister take turns wearing the headphones. But I remembered her saying,

“If you hear a beep, lift your hand. If you don’t hear a beat do not lift your hand.”

I can recall not listening to her protocol. I kept lifting my hand when there wasn’t a beep. I don’t remember if I was being stubborn in the beginning, but I always feel as if it were an honest mistake in the beginning—me lifting my hand when there wasn’t a beep.

I can remember the lady being mean to me as I kept lifting my hand when there wasn’t a beep, telling me that I couldn’t listen and that I was being bad.

But when Yanna did it, she lift her hand when it beeped, and the speech lady congratulated her and everything.

“See, she’s being good. You’re not.”

Regardless of how I might have behaved. I always feel as if the speech lady had been harsh to 4-year old me, cuz her saying those things, still affect me today.

It makes me sad whenever I think about it.