Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Long Memory

Earlier this week one of Sadie's catalogs arrived in the mail.  We were flipping through it when we came to this picture:


This conversation followed:

Sadie: "Does this dress remind you of someone?"
Me: "You?"
Sadie:  "No."
Me:  "Maggie."
Sadie:  "No."
Me: "Me?"
Sadie:  "No.  Does this dress remind you of your grandma?"
Me:  "My grandma?"
Sadie:  "Yes.  Your grandma."
Me:  "Not really. But which grandma were you thinking of?"
Sadie:  "Hoey?"
Me:  "Hoho?" (the nickname given to my grandmother long before I was born by grandchildren who were trying to say her given name of Helen)
Sadie:  "Yes.  Does this dress remind you of her?"
Me:  "Not really. Why?"
Sadie (looking shocked):  "Because of the roses in the ocean."
Me: ...
Sadie:  "Remember?  When she died, we went out on a boat and threw roses in the ocean, didn't we?"
Me:  "Yes, we did.  You remember that?"
Sadie:  "Yes."

The reason that I was shocked that she remembered was because these are the pictures we snapped the weekend when we went out in a boat off of Point Lobos (where her family had a ranch years ago) for her memorial service:




Sadie was not even seventeen months old.  I was in the first trimester with Maggie.  And since I hardly remembered the roses, I was kind of shocked that she remembered them!

7 comments:

  1. I think it's beautiful she remembered. Children are really so very perceptive. It's amazing what they remember, sometimes!

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    1. Me too! And I love how she remembered it as such a pretty picture (because when I think of the day I remember getting sea sick!)!

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  2. I think some people just remember things from an earlier age than others. I can recall a few things from when I was about 19 months old. I was shocked when I found out that not everyone remembers a lot from early childhood. I'm guessing that tossing the roses out on the water must have really made a big impression on her for her to remember it. And how beautiful is it that she remembers her when she sees pretty dresses like that one?

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    1. I love that it made such a beautiful impression! And I remember at the time that she was really, really interested in the roses... although I definitely wouldn't have guessed how much they stood out!

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  3. My first memory is from about that age too. Except mine isn't half as meaningful so Sadie is ahead of the game. I have a really sharp memory now which was really helpful for school. I'm thinking she'll have that prayer memorized before long!

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  4. I can't remember quite that far back, but I can remember things from when I was about 3 years old. It's really touching and impressive that Sadie can remember something like that when she was so little.

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