Tonight, my big kid was sitting at my desk and was reading some of the work that I’d posted recently. In less than 30 seconds, she says to me, “You know that post you wrote about the face in the pita and melted cheese? Well, that wasn’t melted cheese. That was cream cheese frosting.”
My comment, “Really? Are you sure? I thought it was melted cheese.”
Her response, “Nope. It was cream cheese frosting.”
Me, “On pita?”
She replies, “Yep.”
Me again, “Why did I put it on pita?”
She shrugs, “I don’t know but it’s cream cheese frosting.”
And this is how you know ThingsThatWeDo.com is most definitely a mom and daughter team. Back on November 2014, I did the post. It featured a piece of pita bread and what I thought was melted cheese. On most occasions, I do the typing late at night after my regular work day. By then, my little editor is in snoozeland while I’m still awake and my fingers are flying on the keyboard just as they are now. So, my editor doesn’t often get to read the posts until much later.
It’s a good thing she does or I’d never be able to post updates and remind myself that yes, adults make mistakes too and it’s a good thing there’s a child around to help me out. I mention to her that I’ll have to update my post and she agrees although she also says, “Well, you don’t really have to since cream cheese frosting is still cheese.” She’s right again but I told her I’d feel better if I just posted about my mistake.
The coolest thing about all of this is the power of observation and the magic of memory. Among all the text on that one post, she almost instantaneously noticed the discrepancy between what I wrote and what she knew about the event and she was only able to do that because she remembered that I had put cream cheese frosting on pita bread which may not seem like a big deal but it is since I can’t even remember what I had for breakfast today let alone what I put on pita bread almost a month ago.
This is why it’s so important to foster children’s capacity to learn, to think, and actively process the information they gather from their world. This is just one tiny example. Imagine what it can do on a much larger scale!
Today’s post is dedicated to my little editor and to all the other little editors out there that make our adult world’s a much more accurate world to live in.
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