Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Life While In Storage


Our life is in storage..... so I am rotating it!

Every time I head to the shed for work, or to unpack stock, I make sure I come back with a box labelled 'boys'. I don't want to get to the big 'shed unpacking stage', in the distant future sometime, and find that my boys have grown out of their belongings.

Yesterday it was little one's bookshelf contents. We unpacked the box in the garage, put those treasures we wanted to keep (or more melodramatically those that "I would die" without - although he was doing fine until he saw them all) in a little pile to take upstairs to find a space for, and the others in a pile for our cousins or 'the poor little children' (lifeline).

We had not seen this one particular box for a few years. It was full of kindy books and early childhood memories. I couldn't believe the books my boy chose to keep. You could see his little brain ticking over, remembering why each book was special to him and why he was drawn to it. I thought to myself, 'surely he can't remember when I read that one to him, he was 12 months old'... but yep, something triggered in the memory banks and the book found it's way onto the keepsake pile.

You don't think they remember too far back to baby days but they do. Every experience is layered with another and then another and they become who they are because of every story you read to them, every cuddle you give them.


We sat reading all about Kipper, Tiger and 'Sock Thing' last night, giggling away. Even Master 13 stopped his homework to snuggle up with us, exclaiming, "oh I remember that"! They remember every moment you have spent with them, even if it is buried in the deep recesses of their growing, busy brains. It's a comforting thought..... to know that every moment matters and shapes who they become.

Time moves so fast. Life is so fleeting. Read more 'Kipper' I say!
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28 comments:

  1. Awww..my little girl loves Kipper : ) We are preparing to move and will be "living in storage" soon! I'm not looking forward to that part of the move, but everything else is so exciting! Have a great week! ~Destiny

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  2. Rest assured A-M those are the memories that they will harbour for years, using them as guidelines to raising their own children someday. They will never grow out of it. Sounds like cleaning out storage has been cathartic so far!

    XO, Andrea

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  3. I understand so well...just today almost 8yr old DD stopped in amazement next to a chair that I had a loose cover made for a few years ago...the original fabric is a pretty old still original Sanderson linen, but I have since gone into my "white and natural" style preference... hence the linen cover that was in the wash today...she remembered how I used to rock her on the chair, and she would "press" on one of the flowers to make the chair "rock" she was so happy to see the chair again..and I was amazed since that was a little game we played when she was barely older than 12 months!!
    enjoy your discovering of forgotten things...Colx~Afrique du Sud

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  4. I STILL have all my children's books (from when they were little!) I can't bear to give them away - they have such special memories for me. My "baby" boy will be 28 on Friday and the other day when he was here I was going through the bookshelf and came across "Mr Babcary's Diving Machine." We both smiled. We sat down on the floor and re-read the pages (just like we did when he was 2!) and he knew every word on every page - even before I turned the page. Somewhere in his brain, amongst the tons and tons of stuff he has read over the years, the words of "Mr Babcary's Diving Machine" have become indelibly etched! As I turned to the last page - we both said the words out loud (in unison) and gave each other a hug! 26 years later and it was still a special moment. ;)Sharyne

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  5. Totally agree with you...if my 13 and 15 yo got a whiff of one of their childhood favourites they would be right in listening, looking and remembering. I think the little one lives inside them always ! Mel xx

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  6. It's truly amazing what they remember isn't it?! My children were the same way when we moved to this house and had to do a total inventory of the things we'd kept for far too long. They chose books that I didn't think they even remembered all those years later. Every moment when spend with our children is a moment we can spend creating memories...no matter how insignificant they may seem at the time.

    And I love Kipper!

    Kat :)

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  7. My two boys and I read 'One Happy Hippo' just last night together and that was a BIG favourite with them a few short years ago - and both said they didn't remember it but counted the animals just like they used to :)

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  8. You are so important to you lovely boys - you always have been and always will be.
    Can you imagine the girl that will have to fill big shoes one day when they marry.
    They say if a boy has had a wonderful relationship with their mother, they seek the same qualities in a wife.

    I try to inhale my life with my children - sometimes we get too wrapped up and too busy with what we think is important at the time, and boy, it most of the time isn't.

    have a lovely day

    x
    HereIAmLoulou

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  9. PS:
    by the way AM

    that is a sensational Post

    thank you

    L

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  10. I love the saying by Dr Suess "the more you read the more you kmow, the more you know the more places youll go".......or something like that. I love books and my daughter has a mountain of them.

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  11. Kipper was a favorite in our home as well, I think I loved him, Tigah and Pig more than my little boy did. What my husband and I find so interesting is that when he was a toddler and his world was all Thomas the tank engine, he knew every single engine's name. Now at 8, not a single one, but Thomas. Weird? Like amnesia or something? Love, Heidi

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  12. So true!! I often wish my mother had saved some of our childhood books... great post.

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  13. What a lovely thing to do for your boys A-M.
    I had a bit of a clear out of the kindy type books in our house a couple of weeks ago (the bookshelves were groaning)and I made a memory pile and a give away pile. My 8 year old went through the giveaway pile and had similar dramatic reactions... "I can't part with this one - ever!" type reactions. We now have a box that slides under the bed...full of books that neither of us can part with.
    Note to self - must use the library more....!
    x

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  14. Thanks for the reminder A-M, we tend to forget in our busy lives.
    Lisa K

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  15. A wonderful post A-M... life presents it magic to us in the simplest ways, doesn't it? Enjoy! gxo

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  16. Dear A-M, This was a beautiful post. I just read it after reading with my youngest. We only have the shortest time to make memories with our children before they set off to make independent ones. Your post reminds me to make more and better ones while I can. Lindaxxx

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  17. Ooooooooooo! That is so lovely! And I'm so encoraged that William will remember all the books I read him everyday. My little cousin used to love Kipper. I should get it for Will, (books are my weakness when it comes to spending $ on him). It looks like such a cosy set up the boys have got with their bunks, lots of fun!
    Hugs to you my dear,
    Jxx

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  18. Ooh, loving this post, A-M. I'm so delighted your boys were transported back to earlier times when reading them. Magical.

    On Planet Baby 'books are our friends' so we look after them lovingly and read the often. Fortunately Sam is nearly over the page-ripping stage! J x

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  19. I am so glad I have kept my children's books (not all of them!)- and some of my husband's childhood books too. I am not sentimental, but these are precious, and who knows? might come in useful down the line.

    We came across footage of our children aged two and three, and I have been blubbing half the day - it goes, it goes!

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  20. Time certainly moves fast. What I love about my boys who are 16 and 14, they still have their Teddy Bears on their beds. Mimi xx

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  21. Oh, I cried when I read the comment from Golden Valley 50. Isn't it the most amazing moment when your Little ones remember special books, moments, family stories etc.
    A-M where did the doona cover come from??? I love it!
    I have been reading your blog for some time now and really enjoy your stories. xx Annabelle

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  22. I still have all our boys childhood books. I found uber-cool Son #4 aged 29 sitting on the floor by the bookshelf last year reciting with gusto from his old fave - Hairy McLary From Donaldson's Dairy & Schnitzel Von Crum With A Very Large Tum! Your boys will cherish their faves forever - I promise.
    Millie x

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  23. I loved your conclusion that every little moment matters! I am a truly believer that God is in the details.
    I am glad we can build our kids memories with such innocent moments.
    Take care my dear!

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  24. Annabelle, it's a Sheridan one from about a year ago. They might still be around. I alternate between Sheridan and Lakeland Mini bedspreads. Doonas are too hot for my lads, even in winter. A-M xx

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  25. Oh Millie, we have just saved our favourite from the 'cousins pile': "Slinky Malinki was blacker than black, a stalking and lurking adventurous cat..." A-M xx

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  26. I have the same place to keep their shcool´s books to read. I don´t know the exact name in english, I think basket is not the correct word, isn´t? (excuse my english!)

    big kiss

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  27. oh A-M their room looks so cosy & warm. You work your magic where ever you go.

    Katie

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  28. I have a theory that very early memories have to be recalled once or twice, or else they get filed so far at the back of 'the cupboard' as we grow older that they are effectively forgotten. I wonder if you've just cemented some very early memories? That's a lovely thought.

    Mick Inkpen ...I remember those books from my girls' childhood. (Pssst...I kept one of them and it's in the bookcase behind me now)! :)

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx