Friday, October 17, 2008

Never underestimate the memory of a toddler!

Today, while Garrett and Landon napped, Cole and Bella wanted to watch a DVD. The Diamond Castle of course. Actually it was Bella's choice today to choose what they would watch and Cole had no choice but to go along with it. Usually after I turn the tv on, I put the remote up on top of the tv so Garrett and Landon won't grab it and fool around with it. God forbid, they reprogram everything.... Tim finally programmed one remote for the whole system...there's no way I was gonna figure out how to manually turn it all on and have it working right. He's an electronics nerd...I am not....simple as that.

I must have accidentally left the remote on the ottoman next to the sofa because when I was trying to shuffle all the kids out the door after the little twins woke up from their nap, Bella was pointing at the tv practically having a breakdown, saying, "Garrett has the remote and he did something to my DVD". Apparently, he had turned the subtitles on. Crime of the century. That was the last time I saw the remote. I just got so tied up in trying to get the kids out the door that I never bothered to take the remote from Garrett and I never saw it again from that point on.

When we got home, even though I had no plans to turn on the tv, I wanted to find the remote. I turned the house upside down looking for that darn thing....under the sofas, between the cushions, behind the toy shelf, behind the tv, in the kitchen, upstairs, in the family was NOWHERE.

Tim came home and I mentioned to him that I couldn't find the remote anywhere. Then he turned the house upside down. Still no remote. I said "Garrett was the last one to have it". And there was Garrett, running around happy as a clam, completely unaware that we were searching high and low for the remote. It didn't dawn on us to ask HIM where the remote was....after all, he is just a toddler and he couldn't possibly remember what he did with the remote 4 hours ago.

Finally, after dinner, I continued to look for it but still couldn't turn it up anywhere. I was beyond frustrated by this point and so was Tim. Garrett was in the living room and Tim called out to him, "Hey Garrett, where did you put the remote?" That boy came running into the family room with a huge smile on his face and pointed at the big container next to the tv where we store the DVD's. I just stood there watching him. He ran right up to the container, squatted and pointed....sure enough, there was the remote, completely visible from the outside of the container. In less than 5 seconds, the mystery of the missing remote had been solved by a 19-month old toddler.

Tim and I just looked at each in total disbelief. I said, "For the last 4 hours, we've been looking for this stupid remote and it never dawned on us to just ASK him where he put it???"

Lesson learned....never underestimate the memory of a toddler!


Hajar said...

Oh my goodness, what a story! That's a lesson worth learning. Kids are smarter than we give them credit for sometimes.

Christine said...

Wow! What a great memory he has definitely time to spoon feed him some ABC's. lol I know how frustrating the remote issue can be my girls are 14,12 and 10 and walk off with it all the time which make my dh furious!! Unfortunately they never know what they did with it. Gee go figure! lol

MAMA CEO said...

Ohhh how true that is! My DS continually amazes me! Velcro works too! :)

Joy said...

That is so funny!
We've had remote issues, I swear when we move out of this house we are going to find a stash of remotes somewhere.

Amy @ Thoughts from the Mrs. said...

What a scream! Alex is nearly 19 months and I don't expect him to remember anything within a 5 minute window of time either. I wonder what he's been keeping from me because of that. :)

Elizabeth Channel said...

Let me just say with a memory like that he just might learn to read if you keep those subtitles on!

mrsbear said...

That's actually pretty amazing, my 22 month old's current answer to every inquiry is "I don't know." Complete with shrug and everything, except it comes out sounding like "I O No." Glad you found the remote, with DirecTV it would be impossible to change the channel without it.

twinmama said...

Awesome! (Well, that he knew where it was at. Not so awesome that you spent 4 hours looking for it.) Smart little cookie!

My girls will surprise me from time to time when they remember something from a brief conversation and go find the book or toy that I am talking about and I didn't realize they remembered.

Michele S said...

Helene, I just got caught up on your blog and when I was scrolling down and read you labels in order, I was just cracking UP! Read your labels right now.

If you could also send your kids over to find my wallet, that would be really cool!

Stacy said...

That is hysterical! I needed a laugh today and keep this one with me all day! thanks!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr

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