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  • My mail carrier brings me priceless works of art in the mail, which I display on the metal surface of my refrigerator. My grandsons, standing on a stool, rearranged the artwork to their own liking last weekend. It cracks me up that the people at eye level are the two of them. The rest of the family is displayed on the bottom door.

    "When I was a baby," says three year old Harvey, placing his baby picture in the center of the gallery. He recognizes himself in all his baby pictures. He loves to sit, looking at old pictures, of anyone really, but tirelessly turning pages of the photo books or staring at the computer screen while he scrolls through them, looking for familiar faces.

    "I remember Westy before he died," says five year old Robert, smiling at the photo I took of him with the dog's muzzle on his shoulder. That dog died over 2 years before. I'm amazed that he remembers and can smile at the memory as well.

    I never considered children having memories at that age, but I guess we are all building our "Memory Gallery" from the time we can experience and then sort and retrieve those details from our minds. It's a cool thing to walk into the kitchen and see all the people in my life spread out just on the other side of the fish and vegetables and the ice cubes in the freezer.
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