“Mum, you know that house?” my four-year-old son asked me.
My brain worked overtime, trying to decipher the simple words in context with the mass of information buzzing around in my head. House. House. Which house? We had lived in 4 since he was born.
“What house?” I said.
“The Christmas house we made at the other house. With the curtains.”
Tick, tick, tick, tick…ding! “Oh! The Santa craft house we made?”
“Yes. Can we make one again?”
I was surprised. He would have been only 3 at the time and I didn’t expect him to remember such a thing. Here he is below. Awww, he still has that baby look.
Below is the Santa’s House we made last year.
I wanted to encourage this unusual outburst of creativity in my son, and also to cement the memory that obviously made an impact on him. I found an empty box and some paint. Son particularly mentioned the curtains and the chimney so we used Christmas paper towel to create curtains and paddlepop sticks for the chimney.
This project wasn’t as glamourous as our last attempt but son was absolutely thrilled!
My kids often remember stuff I don’t expect them to. This just confirms to me the important of investing in doing things: normal things, extraordinary things, everyday things, creative things, boring things and fun things. As my children grow, even though they may not specifically remember all the activities we did together, I hope they remember that our home was filled with life and activity. I believe this creates a sense of belonging.