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“Core Memories”

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I just loooove the way Josh’s mind works & the way he expresses himself. The thing he’s holding in this pic is a baby cologne I used to put on him every single day when he first started school (at around 2 1/2 years old😩). I stopped buying it for a while because I couldn’t find it in the stores in my hood anymore, but I recently found it on amazon🙌🏼.

(You can click the link above if you want to check it out. It smells amazingggggg😍It’s a 25oz bottle and it’s lasted me a whileeeeee, and I put this on him every day.)

The first thing he said to me when I put it on him this morning was

“Mom I love this, it smells like my memories”🤗

He compartmentalizes his memories like the movie “Inside Out”, which if you’ve seen, you might know what I’m talking about. He’s always talking about his “core memories”, so I guess me putting this on him every morning is one of them for him (Family Island!🤗)

(If you’ve never seen Inside Out, you can read more about what core memories are by clicking —>here<— )

See, we never know what kids hold on to. He wasn’t verbal at the time I first started putting this on him, and it’s been a while since I’ve had it for him, so knowing that he can recall these memories & is now able to actually telI me about them is something that just brings me so much joy.

This is one of those little moments that put things into perspective for me. I often wonder what else he holds in his core memories 🤔 I’m not perfect and I know I fuck up a lot, but I hope more memories like these are the core ones. I can only do my best to try & check myself, and I hope as he continues to grow up & learn, I can learn with him too & help give him the best “core memories” I can. 🙏🏼

2 thoughts on ““Core Memories””

  1. I love this story. We are always wondering what’s in our kid’s heads and the fact that he was able to articulate that feeling so tangibly makes me so happy.

    1. Thanks 🙂
      I knew I needed to write about it as soon as he said it. It made me feel so good 🙂

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