The first memory that the Giver transfers to Jonas is the exhilarating memory of sled riding down a snowy hill on a cold winter day. While the Giver is transferring the memory to Jonas, Jonas is thrilled to experience the exciting ride down the snowy hill. Once the sled ride ends, Jonas opens his eyes, and the Giver asks him how he feels. Jonas responds by telling the Giver that he feels surprised. After the Giver explains to Jonas that he no longer has the memory of sled riding down a hill, Jonas feels guilty and somewhat greedy for taking such a fun memory away from the Giver. In addition to feeling surprised and guilty, Jonas also feels perplexed. After experiencing the memory of sled riding, Jonas is suddenly full of numerous questions concerning the absence of things such as winter, snow, hills, and sleds.
In regard to the Giver's reaction to transferring the first memory of sled riding to Jonas, he tells Jonas that he feels quite exhausted because it was difficult for him to retrieve such an old memory. Apparently, the older a memory is, the harder it is for the Giver to retrieve and transfer it to Jonas. The Giver also informs Jonas that he feels lighter, like a weight has been lifted off his old body. The Giver also explains to Jonas that he has thousands of memories that he can transfer to him in their future sessions.