Being Micah

February 12, 2010

Good Old Tot Park in Evanston

Filed under: mum writes — micahchan @ 8:16 pm

Mum writes:

After running some errands in Evanston this morning, I decided to swing by the tot park near our old place. It’s been a while since Micah last visited this playground. In fact, his last visit there was with grandmama back in the Fall, probably mid-November right before we moved. Micah fell asleep in his car seat on our way there. That was unusual since Micah hardly takes a nap anywhere but in his crib. I decided to get there anywhere, parked right by the park and waited.

When Micah woke up 15 min later, I asked him to look to see where we were. As Micah turned and saw the playground, his eyes lit up, and in a somewhat reflective mode, whispered, “grandmama used to play with Micah there!” I totally did not see that coming – I had expected him to notice simply “a playground”, not any specific one! That he was able to remember experiences from 3 months ago? Hmm…

“Micah get down, Micah get down now”, he urged. We got down. Though it’s still a little wintry to be out and about, we spent a good 20 minutes in the snow anyway. As soon as I put him down on his feet, Micah noticed instantly he didn’t have his winter boots on! My fault, I had to say, and encouraged him to try make his way around anyway in his tennis shoes.

Hm... Where is the sand box?

Scrambled up to the top of the toy house! He made it, despite the icy steps!

Checking out a toy in what was supposedly a sand box

On the way back, I chose to drive very slowly past the back of our old condo, and right past our old parking lot. Not sure how much one could expect a 21-month-old to remember the first twenty months of his life; but the little guy, as I could see from the rear mirror – had a most curious look on his face. Looking on quietly and intently out of the car windows to his right and left, he seemed to be retracing the memory of good old times all the way home. Who says babies don’t reminisce? The trip today was a wonderful revelation, I thought.

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