Like a child hypnotized by the Pied Piper, so was T to the melodic chime of an ice cream truck.
On Thursday afternoon after daycare pickup, it was sunny and beautiful, so T and I hung out in the playground before heading home.
The melody of an ice cream truck appeared out of nowhere. T asked for a cone and I reminded him we don’t have ice cream on school nights.
The melody triggered memories of when T did a happy dance in our old neighbourhood whenever the truck appeared and he’d skip towards the lineup, in rhythm to the melody.
I then remembered this exact moment below when he had his very first ice cream cone, at age 3 on a mild late April weekend. The look on his face as he had his first lick ever was so precious.
As T played, I thought about how our brains retain and recall memories; what we can keep and the many moments that are forever lost over time.
A 2019 study reinforces the hippocampus in the brain is the hub that stores memories and suggests that it works with the neocortex to fill in the details of a memory.
Yah, it sounds academic. For me, this reminds me that we remember the most positive or negative moments – because our reactions are so visceral.
So how do focus on moving forward with the positive experiences, while learning from the less positive ones to avoid repeating them?
As I thought about this, T sat on the swings, kicking his feet up and pulling them back, building a steady momentum until he was quite high in the air.
It was just last summer when he tried valiantly to do this but gave up in frustration. This was his first time doing this on his own in front of me.
We cheered together and I knew this was gonna be a moment I’ll recall vividly one day.
When we got home, I read his teacher’s Communications Log. It was an up and down day, but there was a wonderful comment: he moved up two reading levels to Level 14!
It was just a month ago that she moved him up. He was now one level shy of reaching Grade 1 year-end expectations.
The hubby and I made a big proud freaking deal out of it. We then broke our no ice cream on a school night rule and gave T a small scoop after he finished his homework.