There are moments in life of which we later say, everything changed. Nothing was ever the same again. This is as true of our histories as our lives. There is a before and an after; our world was turned upside down; we suffered the eclipse of all that we regarded as tried and true. This experience may follow bereavement as well as falling in love. It can befall those who lose their homeland to an invader, as well as a traveler in an antique land. And it often brings us to rethink the meaning of first things, and to ask what hold our histories have over us and whether there is something about our first experiences in life that makes all that follows pale in comparison.