Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Our Childhood Selves


My parents were visiting last weekend.  My dad was talking to my 12-year old and started reciting a crazy fish poem he says all of the time. But this time, it triggered a memory of another fish poem he used to recite to me when I was little. A favorite.  We kept reciting the first lines over and over until we couldn't remember anymore. I googled it and found a finger play version that reminded us of the parts we couldn't remember. LOVE this poem/song.  I have to say, hearing my dad recite it took me back to being three. Actually to the apartment we lived in.  I was so happy listening to his voice recite the fishy poem that I hadn't heard in years:

My darling little goldfish
Hasn't any toes
He swims around without a sound
And bumps his funny nose (the site says hungry nose but my family says funny:-)
He can't come out to play with me
Nor I get in to him.
Although I say, "Come out and play."
He says, "Come in and swim."

My 21 year daughter loved the book LUNCH by Denise Fleming.  She loved when I read it because of the way I did the mouse's sniffing noise.  (I must say, I am pretty good at it:-)  Anyway, even now, when that book or something related comes up, Alexa looks at me with that 4 year-old face and says, "Do the sniffing noise."  She reverts back to her 4 year-old self, just like I reverted back to my 3 year-old self with my dad last week.

When I talked to my 12 year old about this, she immediately said she remembered when she was little, Alexa used to sing The Eensy-Weensy Spider to her, but messed up on purpose.  She giggled like her 4 year-old self as she was telling me and suggested we Skype Alexa so she could do it for her again--it was not the same if I did it.

I love the ways these memories bring us back to our childhood selves.

6 comments:

  1. The magic of words in books and rhymes! How special that your dad recited poetry to you. I love that big sister memory for your 12 year old. I hope every child has these feelings/memories of language moments.

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  2. LOVE this post! Sends me right back to the floor at my parents' feet with Dad reading The Night Before Christmas and Mom reading the Bible story of Christmas. I can still hear their voices, feel the flannel of my new pajamas, and see the tree all lit up and surrounded by presents...

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  3. We used to do this goldfish poem at my house too! I forgot it until you posted it here!

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  4. My mom and I took turns reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory out loud to one another when I was in the fourth grade. Probably why I still love that book and reading aloud!

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  5. My mom and I read Two Pennies Overboard from our visit to Nantucket and also Eloise after visiting NYC. Thanks for sharing and bringing back my own memories.

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  6. And I had one little Golden Book that I adored, & can see my mother reading it, with a squirrel in an old coffee pot on the cover. Priceless!

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