Sunday, January 23, 2011
True, it was at a different location, with several toys that were new to them and there were cupcakes and pizza. But other than that, it had a rather familiar feel to play time at the pre-school. The real benefit to Mrs. LIAYF and I was getting to spend a bit more time getting to know the other parents. Strangely, we all seem to crave the social interaction.
Speaking of familiar, after the party we had another in what has become an increasingly more frequent series of instances that, quite frankly, blow my mind as a first time father. Since we had all slept in Sunday until nearly 9:00, when the party ended at 12:30 Lukas was not yet ready for his afternoon nap. Luckily we were across the street from a nearby shopping center with a covered play area, so we made a b-line for a bit of extra active time.
But as we approached, Lukas surprised us by announcing "Oh yeah, I remember this place. We have been here before." He was correct. And that wouldn't have been such an interesting statement, but for the fact that the time we had been at that particular park was before he was 2 years old. Over a year and a half ago. This was a fairly distinct type of playground, so I know he wasn't remembering a different experience.
I just had to turn to Mrs. LIAYF and say "Wow. He remembered being here before?" As I mentioned, this is not the only recent instance of his clearly remembering events or places he visited from well over a year ago. It has been happening with increasing frequency and it makes me wonder about his long term memories, and weather he will retain any of those from age two as he gets older.
I am pretty sure that much of what he is experiencing now, at 3 1/2, he will carry forward in some capacity. Especially the significant events such as birthdays, holidays, and special shows such as when we recently watched a stage production of 'Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile' by the Seattle Children's Theatre. But how much I'm not sure.
Personally, my earliest memories are date back to when I was 2 or 3, but before the age of 4 or 5 there is precious little I remember. That's what makes me so shocked at Lukas' ability to recall events from what, to a 3 year old, is so long ago. Mrs. LIAYF, on the other, hand does have many more lasting memories dating from when she was Lukas' age.
Perhaps these early memories, such as his visiting this particular playground, will eventually fade away as he gets older and replaces them with newer and more significant events, yet to happen, from his childhood. That could be what happened to me.
But really, I hope not. Because for him, this is a fun age packed with sublime moments filled with laughter, joy, and wonderment at the world around him. And wouldn't it be a great gift for him to grow up, and older, with the ability to easily recall many of these amazing moments?
That way, maybe we could even share them together. All over again.
Posted by James (SeattleDad) at 5:39 PM