February 9, 2014 at 8:59 pm , by Nick Shell
3 years, 2 months.
For the past two weekends, we have spent time with Sophie and her parents…
Because, you see, well… Sophie’s moving from Nashville to Alabama in a couple of weeks.
I haven’t necessarily broke the news to you yet.
At least the good part is that where Sophie is moving is only about 2 and a half hours from where Nana and Papa’s house is, which is the halfway point between where we live and where Sophie is moving.
So this is not goodbye…
However, it is definitely a major milestone in your life so far. You and Sophie have known each other since July 2011, when Mommy and I enrolled you at the daycare that you both have remained for the past 2 and a half years.
For the majority of your life, Sophie has been a major part of it. Actually, if I cared enough to do the math, you might even spend more waking hours with her than you do Mommy and I each week.
Yesterday as you and Sophie had an ongoing 1970′s car chase/demolition derby at the indoor playground, her mommy and I talked about the move.
We mutually acknowledged the fact that there’s a good chance you and Sophie won’t actually remember all these fun times you’ve had together.
For the majority of your life, you’ve spent countless hours with someone who has been like a twin sister to you.
But will all this time simply be memories for the parents, more so than the kids?
Here’s how I look at it- this is what I told Sophie’s mommy:
Based on what I learned in Child Psychology in college, the first couple of years of a child’s life are arguably the most important for his or her development and future decisions for the rest of his or her life.
So even if these stories I have written about you and Sophie are, at best, foggy memories to you when I go back a year from now and show you these pictures, I’ll still know that Sophie Culpepper had a lot to do with your understanding of what a true friend really is.
It will be her picture in the dictionary, next to the definition of friend.
I will close by providing links for a dozen of the stories I have written about you two over these past couple of years…
Jack And Sophie: Baby Buddies In Crime (November 17, 2011)
The Toddlers’ Beat Poet Society Of Nashville (June 4th, 2012)
Mall Toddlers: My Idea For A Straight-To-DVD Kids Movie (September 17, 2012)
My Toddler Son, The Pony Whisperer/Natural Laxative (October 11, 2012)
Free Craft Activity For Kids: Home Depot’s Little Helper Headquarters (December 5, 2012)
Forcing Your Kid To Apologize And Hug The Other Kid (February 1, 2013)
My Son’s Alter Ego Is A Schlubby Dinosaur (April 29, 2013)
Still, Though, I Think I’d Be Happy With Just One Kid… (July 4, 2013)
A Southern Fried, Sunday Afternoon Play Date (August 6, 2013)
Finding Non-Petroleum, “Bug Juice” Free Cupcakes (November 15, 2013)
A Purposely Low Key 3rd Birthday Party (November 17, 2013)
It’s A Boy’s Boy’s Boy’s World (December 17, 2013)