The other day I spent about an hour in the pool with my youngest daughter. After a dizzying session of whirlpool creation, we began talk. We talked about the squirrel trap she created. How those little guys stole all of the almonds she scattered across the driveway, but none of the blueberries were harmed.
At some point I thought of about how amazing it was to be having this conversation with this little person. My thoughts drifted to all of the memories of her growing up and I started to share some of that with her in the way that my wife and I sometimes share with each other. We call it “I remember when…”
I remember when you were born.
I remember when you used to be afraid of the deeper pool.
I remember when I first saw you climb our tree like a monkey.
Then it dawned on me to alter it a little and begin to ask questions instead.
Do you remember when…
Do you remember when you were born? No, but I remember the pictures. Did I really have all that dark hair? Yes.
Do you remember when we collected rocks at the beach? Yes. But mostly, I liked throwing them in the water.
The questions helped, and eventually she didn’t need prompting and it began to flow.
I remember when I was little and played with a pink basket in your room.
I remember when I first went to school.
I remember when my older sisters came home from college and I cried, because I missed them.
Today, what do you remember? Take a few moments and reflect and share a few with us, or someone close to you. Try this out with people you know and ask them what they remember.