I must have been four years old because we were living at 938 Kensington Avenue in Salt Lake City when I remember being in the backyard looking at my mother's flowers. She always had a great flower garden. This particular day, there was a big spider web bridging two rows of tall zinnia's with a big, fat yellow and black spider squatting right in the middle.
Then the tension began when mother came out into the garden. She approached the spider. I felt I should warn her but something stopped me. I think I really was afraid of how my voice would sound as I shouted the alarm. What if I startled her so that she fell right into the spider? I sat in fear watching.
She came to the spider, felt the web, and started back a little saying something like "whoops!" I don't think she was even afraid of that spider.
But it was years before I didn't feel guilty when I thought of the incident. I felt I had somehow let her down by not warning her. Silly as it sounds, the feeling really seemed legitimate for years. It might even now a little.
Because of that, I think even today that little kids feel the emotions like guilt, embarrassment, shame, inadequacy and the like just like adults even when they're very small. Do you remember anything similar?