Friday, March 30, 2007

Photograhic Hearing

I don't think I've mentioned my amazement at R's ability to remember what I've said or read. For the past couple of months, we've been reading the Narnia series at bedtime. Both boys love the series and we're on book Five (out of seven in the series.) Usually I read a chapter a night, but this book has exceptionally long chapters, so I just read until bedtime and then put in the bookmark.

The next night I kind of fumble around for a minute or so, reading parts to myself to see where we left off. If I happen to say out loud "now, where were we?" R ALWAYS knows right where we were. Now, he isn't looking at the book, because I have them lay in their beds these days while I sit in the chair in their room. You'd think he just say, "oh, we're at the part where the guy got hit in the head...blah...blah..blah. But, no...He tells me were we are by QUOTING the last sentence that I read. Tonight, it just wowed me. Here's a reenactment:

Me: Now, where were we?

R: It hurts like a billy-o but it's fun. I know exactly what you mean.

Me: What?

R: Eustace said, "It hurts like a billy-o but it's fun". And Edmund said, "I know exactly what you mean."

Me: Oh...(as I'm skimming through the pages. And this is what I saw:)

Eustice said, "It hurts like a billy-oh but it is such fun to see it coming away."

"I know exactly what you mean," said Edmund.

Can you believe that???? Amazing. No wonder this kid is such a good student. I'm still amazed. He often does this, but tonight it was so precise... and who can remember "it hurts like a billy-oh" anyway? I asked R what a "billy-oh" is and he said he didn't know but he thinks it means that it hurts really bad.



CaliforniaGrammy said...


I thought to myself that maybe he remembered "Billy-o" because it's such a strange word . . . but remembering the whole sentence and the one following . . . brilliant! I'm so proud to be his grammy!

Great blog, by the way.

gramonthelake said...

That's awesome! When R grows up he will be very his Mom & Dad. Not sure what "Billy-o" means either but I like the sound of it too. Well then, sending lots of love your way, "Billy-o.

A.J. said...

WOW. What a mind, what a memory! I'll bet you were blown away. Yes, no wonder he's such a good student.

But I'm dying to know, What WAS it that hurt Eustace like a billy-o, but was such fun to see coming away?

Next time I get hurt, I'm going to try to remember to say, OUCH, that hurts like a billy-o! (Nicer than what I might otherwise choose to say.)

A.J. said...

I love that R still jumps up and down when he gets excited. Love that!

Poor T. I love the image of him getting a good breath and making a run for it at the end!

v-party of five said...

Too much! A little kids memory really does amaze me. What happens to us when we get older! Oh to be a kid again. Great blog. I hope you all had a very happy Easter.

CaliforniaGrammy said...

I Googled billy-oh for all your fans. It is a British term:

"billy-oh /bileeoh/ sl n :: strongly, very much, gangbusters, “he ran like billy-oh”.

So R was "spot-on" another British term I learned from my boss in my early days at Fuller. It hurt a lot!