Recovering Insane Childhood Memories
This does not however diminish the fact that most of us really do have a few nonsensical or absurd memories that, although based in reality, are so heavily filtered by childish perception and flawed reasoning as to be about as credible as dreams. I suspect many of these early memories are in fact a mixture of dreams and actual events.
One of my earliest memories involves a puppet ballet ending in murder. For years I thought this was some mix of various shows I watched as a child, or entirely fictional. Just the other day while watching some music video with ballet dancers I found myself picturing strings as though they were puppets.
After a few moments of confusion I remembered two important facts, first was that my grandfather was with me when I saw this insane puppet show, and secondly, the name Petrushka which sounded vaguely Russian. Those facts together provided a lot of context as to how in the hell I saw a play from 1911 as a small child. My family, despite not being Russian themselves, lives in a very isolated area alongside The Old Believers. I am assuming at some point I must have seen it while visiting the neighbors.
While I am tempted to attempt to recall more information about seeing this as a child, hypnosis seems likely to result in my waking up with a memory of being pursued by satanic puppets. Having already seen the entire Puppetmaster series I am not inclined to take that risk.