Valentina Loreti is 26-year-old and lives in Portsmouth but is originally from Ascoli Piceno, in Italy. Today she recalls some of her fondest childhood memories.
· What is your earliest childhood memory?
I have a brother who is 21 and I can remember quite well the day he was born and also the period my mother was pregnant. I remember when I went with my father to the hospital to take home my mother and my brother. I was four. Maybe this is not the earliest memory, but it’s the clearest I have in my mind.
· What do you remember about your birthdays?
I remember we used to have a party at home with our friends and our relatives. I was very excited each time. I got on well with my cousins, so I was happy to spend some time with them. I have lots of pictures of me and my family during the birthday parties with lots of presents and a big cake. I look like I am having fun and everybody seems happy too.
· How was school?
I remember I had very strict teachers at primary school. I remember that my school mates were very nice and I used to see some of them during the afternoon to play together.
· What did you get up to with your friends?
I was not allowed to use the kitchen when I was a child but one time I was at my cousin’s house with some friends and we decided to make cake. We made a very good cake, but when my aunt came back home she was very angry with us because we had used the oven without her permission.
· What toys did you play with?
I’ve always liked drawing, so when I was child I spent many hours colouring and painting. One of my favourite toys was a box full of every kind of coloured pencils.
· What did you watch on TV?
I loved Walt Disney cartoons. I remember I used to watch them with my friends. My favourite cartoon was Alice in Wonderland and my favourite movies were The Wizard of Oz and Return to Oz.
· What was the naughtiest thing you did?
I was taking a walk with my father. It was Sunday morning and I was about three or four. My father had his bike with him so after a few minutes he stopped to leave his bike. During the minute my father closed the lock of the bike, I thought I could go alone to the ice cream shop and buy myself the ice cream I wanted. My father couldn’t find me for an hour and when he found me in the shop I just told him I went away because I knew the route and I couldn’t wait to get my ice cream!