“Mum, you know that house?” my four-year-old son asked me.
My brain worked overtime, trying to decipher the simple words in context with the mass of information buzzing around in my head. House. House. Which house? We had lived in 4 since he was born.
“What house?” I said.
“The Christmas house we made at the other house. With the curtains.”
Tick, tick, tick, tick…ding! “Oh! The Santa craft house we made?”
“Yes. Can we make one again?”
I was surprised. He would have been only 3 at the time and I didn’t expect him to remember such a thing. Here he is below. Awww, he still has that baby look.
Below is the Santa’s House we made last year.
I wanted to encourage this unusual outburst of creativity in my son, and also to cement the memory that obviously made an impact on him. I found an empty box and some paint. Son particularly mentioned the curtains and the chimney so we used Christmas paper towel to create curtains and paddlepop sticks for the chimney.
This project wasn’t as glamourous as our last attempt but son was absolutely thrilled!
My kids often remember stuff I don’t expect them to. This just confirms to me the important of investing in doing things: normal things, extraordinary things, everyday things, creative things, boring things and fun things. As my children grow, even though they may not specifically remember all the activities we did together, I hope they remember that our home was filled with life and activity. I believe this creates a sense of belonging.
Janice - Learning 4 kidsNovember 29, 2011 at 2:30 pm
You are absolutely right! Kids remember the funniest things, things we wouldn’t expect. My girls have recently been telling me they remember that last year, Santa had a hole in his pocket and left a trail of lollies leading up to the christmas tree. They don’t remember what gifts they got though but they do remember this……..I wonder if Mrs Claus has mended that hole in Santa’s pocket this year???? 🙂
Kelly Be A Fun MumNovember 30, 2011 at 9:27 am
HAHA! Love it! I think it should be law for Santa to have a hole in his pocket for lollies to fall out! It’s a must!
Veronica @ Mixed GemsDecember 5, 2011 at 9:50 am
This is such a beautiful post! I haven’t had many moments like that yet with my toddler (I do remember a few “Ahas!” from me though not what they were about). I can see this is true from my own life though. I’ve recalled things as an adult and asked my parents about them but they didn’t always remember. Your reminder invest even in the littlest things hit home. I have to remember and not get so busy.
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