August 13, 2007

It's Following Us

The other night during a late night drive home, Noah was marveling at the moon and I knew exactly what he was going to say next. I was transported back to when I was five or six years old and remember riding in the backseat of my parents' car and noticing that the moon was mysteriously traveling the same direction as our car... "It's following us," I remember telling my Mom & Dad.

And just as I was thinking it, that's what he said next, "It's following us! The moon..."

The age they are at now is capable of having concrete, real memories. What we say to them, what they see us doing is making an impression. I pray that I will apply this to my reactions, words, and touch. Because from now on, it's following us.

25 comments:

  1. Imprinting. That was the word that came to mind.

    Lori

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  2. It's so funny that you mention that. Last night I went to a friends house to go walking with her. Her 2 yr. old met me when I came in and asked me, "Wisa! Where da moon?" He was remembering the last time we went walking and had to take him with us in his stroller. The moon was huge that night and played "hide and seek" with us as we walked throughout the neighborhood. Apparently he thinks the moon follows me, and only shows up when I'm around! I'm flattered!

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  3. Such a fun memory! I know it isn't safe but I wish my kids could lay back in the back window and watch the stars like I used to do. They are strapped in those safety devices and are missing those fun times. I guess it is better that they are strapped in and safe, but those are great memories.

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  4. I love when kids make those little discoveries, and they bring up your own childhood memories of thinking the same things. So sweet!

    Jane, P&B Girls

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  5. I have noticed, as Ben gets older, he really mimics us so much, what we say, how we say it. Much more than when he was a baby. He talks to us and it's just like when I was a child. It's a sobering thought.

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  6. You just gave me chills! How amazing! And so true.

    I just read a study in a psych journal that claimed we actually remember everything from very early in infancy- it's just a matter of how our brains stores and accesses memories (when we begin to think in words for example) that's lead us to believe that memories begin later... it really sunk in to me. Because what you said is sooo true. What we say and even more what they see us DO makes such an impression- it shapes our children, changing them for better and worse...

    I just pray that we raise these boys into the men we imagine!

    (Sorry for the long comment! I just had a loooong talk with my Dad who is 50 today! And am feeling chatty!)

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  7. I wonder how many things my kids will do and say that I did and said? How interesting!

    And the message to this blog post rings very true. We do need to watch how we parent our kids, because it will follow us.

    Great post.

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  8. I too have noticed just how much the things we do, come back to almost haunt us, as they get older - the little things we say, think and how we act -

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  9. Mine have done that too and althought I hadn't thought of it until, you're right... they do seem to say things we said at that age.

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  10. Have you ever read "Harold and the Purple Crayon" books? The moon often follows him in that book(s) too -- we LOVE those books at our house!

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  11. That same thought occurred to me when SlowMo was about your boys age. I all of a sudden realized that she would be remembering her childhood and the things I said to her. It really makes you watch your words and actions.

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  12. ohhh..the memories...sweet sweet memories. All my children were intrigued by the moon.

    Some of our favorite books were/are:
    1. Good Night Moon
    2. Papa, please get the moon for me.
    3. Kitten's First full moon
    4. Owl Moon
    5. Catching the Moon
    6. Hello, Harvest Moon

    Just thought I would share. Enjoy making those wonderful memories.

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  13. I remember the first time JC said that, like it was yesterday. SO sweet and innocent. Just want to hug em' and bottle them up so they stay that way forever.

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  14. what a neat memory and a great reminder about what we are teaching our kids. i know i have to remind myself to be aware of my words and actions.

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  15. I'm scared, I really hope Cricket wasn't paying attention today!

    That's so cool though, reliving our own memories are our kids create theirs.

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  16. Very enlightning post Stef. Our kids are like our little ducklings they are definitely watching us.

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  17. You write so beautifully!

    The thing is that we can't control our memories.

    Sometimes it is just those little moments in life when something quite ordinary happens that stay with us forever. Like how fun it was to think the moon followed and for that short time in history, you were the most important person in the world - after all, even the moon followed ...

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  18. My boys love the moon and always make a point to look at it when we are driving at night. They have never thought that it's following them though, they always think it's hiding from them. It's amazing how they think and process ideas at this age. I appreciate your insights on how we should cherish each moment because they are each so meaningful.

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  19. What a precious, precious moment!
    (I silently always think that myself!)

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  20. Enjoy those moments, take it all in!

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  21. what a nice post and reminder of the role God give us as parents to train our children

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  22. My daughter sits so quietly in the car that we sometimes forget that she's there. The next thing we know, she's bombarding us with questions about what we just talked about. I have to make a conscious effort to think before I talk!

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