It’s been too long since I shared pictures of this awesome little girly-cue!
Today Charlotte was looking at her dinosaur stickers and choosing the ones she wanted me to pull off the paper for her. She pointed to and identified the brachiosaurus, the t-rex, the pteranodon, and the triceratops. But those are the easy dinosaurs. When she pointed to a “less popular” ostrich-shaped dinosaur and called it an ornithomimus, I had to google it for fact-checking….
Fast-thinking Google put me in my place:
Always trust the two year-old.
A couple of Sundays ago, Charlotte and I went over to the Pudwills’ for some fun while Chris worked. It was a nice sunny day, so Carla and I walked with the little girls through their neighborhood and around a pond. As we were walking, Charlotte suddenly asked me about trick-or-treating.
“I go trick-or-treat?”
“Not until Halloween,” I told her. “Today we’re going for a walk.” I thought it was funny that she brought this up on this random April day, but I figured she must have been thinking of one of her Halloween books we have at home.
But then she kept asking about it. “Trick-or-treat, Mama?”
When do long-term memories start forming? She couldn’t possibly remember trick-or-treating in this neighborhood six months ago (when she was still ONE!), could she?
I decided to talk to her about it…see if she really was remembering something… test her, if you will.
“Do you remember trick-or-treating here with Madeline and all the kids? You dressed up like a cowgirl and wore your pink boots, and we knocked on people’s doors and said trick-or-treat!”
She got all excited in her usual shaky way, and then added, “And Carla a ghost!”
What?! She remembered that?
Yes, Carla dressed up in a ghost costume for a full ten minutes during our trick-or-treat excursion. She knocked on one door pretending to be a kid, and the homeowner didn’t even bat an eye. Then the costume came off because Madeline much preferred her mother to a ghost, and that was the end of it. We haven’t even talked about it at all since.
So I guess the answer is Yes; Charlotte’s long-term memory is going strong already! Atta girl!