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Making a Memory

Do you remember “The Parent Trap” movie? Not the remade Lindsay Lohan version, but the old-school, 1960s, Hayley Mills one?

There’s a part in it where one of the twins, Susan, starts sniffing her grandfather’s coat and, when asked why, replies that she’s making a memory, that, “All my life, when I’m quite grown-up, I will always remember my grandfather and how he smelled of … tobacco and peppermint.”

I’m thinking of that movie line today because it’s Brayden’s 4th birthday and, while his aunts and uncles, grandparents and cousins gathered around him the other night to sing him happy birthday, I was lucky enough to watch him make his own memory. One that no, he may not remember in two years’ time, but one that I always will, especially because my husband, Kevin, caught it perfectly on camera:

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Watching Brayden watching us, all of the people who love him, sing him happy birthday was magical. He looked at each person’s face, then swiveled his head to look at the person opposite, with a goofy, lit-up grin on his face and eyes wide with joy.

I’m just so glad that while Brayden was making a memory, I was making my own, and that, thanks to the pictures, it’s a memory we’ll be able to remind him of some day when he’s “quite grown-up” himself.

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