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Children Do Remember

This post deals with children remembering their sibling. This post also contains one siblings view of the character Sid from Toy Story

by Lori Voth

reprinted with permission

My friend's daughter died in September 95. At the time, she also had a son
who was just shy of 2 years old. She explained Abby's death to him the best
that she could and was terrified that he would not remember his sister due
to his young age.

Zachary, however has a very good memory and talks about Abby all the time.
He often goes to her picture in the living room and talks to her about his
day and what they did, etc.

Just before Christmas, when the Toy Story movie was popular, Zachary's
grandma bought him a Toy Story book. She took him home and read it to him,
but Zachary hated the pages with the little boy Sid on them. He was almost
afraid of it and although he loved his book and loved hearing the story, he
insisted that the pages featuring Sid be skipped over.

My friend thought it was just because Sid was the mean character in the
story and she never really worried about it. But one day she asked Zachary,
why don't you want me to read about Sid? And Zachary replied that SIDS bad!
SIDS took Abby away!

A connection my friend never even thought of! Amazing what kids will think
and put together themselves.

3/12/97

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