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Family Memories are Subjective

By Stefanie Wilder Taylor |

Yes family memories are subjective. People have different opinions about what makes a quality memory and people also can disagree as to whether or not said memory actually happened or is just something you came up with in therapy after getting badgered by your therapist about why you can’t maintain intimacy…but enough about me. Some people might love to capture a little video of their toddler having his first bad case of farts. They may find that to be the height of hilarity and feel the need to immediately send the footage in to America’s Funniest Home Videos having already mentally cashed their check. Me, I’m a little more subtle than that. I’m posting a video here and you may not even understand what’s so memorable about it.  You may look at it and think, “Sure, that’s a cute kid but what’s she doing? Just swaying back and forth sort of half singing a song?” And okay, to the untrained eye you would be right. But watch this video and then I’ll explain why I captured this family memory.

Did you watch? Okay then. What did you see in front of Matilda while out to dinner at CPK? If you said a little bowl of fruit you would be correct. Why is that family memory worthy? Well almost for the fact that she was eating fruit alone but above that, her SISTERS are eating hot fudge sundaes. When I asked Matilda what she wanted for dessert while out at a restaurant that has a kid menu featuring big ass desserts, Matilda opted for a healthy little bowl of fruit.

I’d love to tell you that I have instilled a  love of healthy foods by my magical way with quinoa or knowing how to crisp kale but I can’t. I had nothing to do with it. The kid just loves good food. She eat broccoli on a semi regular basis, enjoys a hummus and cucumber sandwich packed for lunch and almost always opts for fruit over cookies.

So why not capture something like that on video in case she grows out of it, am I right? And while I’m at it, I’ll tell you that Sony Handycams are pretty freaking awesome. They are easy and portable and have a very cool projection feature. And best news, you can win one!!

Babble is giving away two Sony Handycams so you can capture your own family memories. To enter for a chance to win, simply comment on any Sony-sponsored post (including this one) with an answer to the following question: what’s your favorite family memory? Contest runs through 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 30th, 2012, and you may enter once per post. Contest is open to U.S. residents only.

Want a chance to win weekly prizes like a Sony Handycam or a $200 Disney shopping card? Enter to win here!

A big thanks to Sony for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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6 thoughts on “Family Memories are Subjective

  1. laurenjimeson says:

    So cute! My daughter would choose fruit over real dessert any day. I, on the other hand, would not. :)

  2. @JustHeather says:

    Oh, I love it! My girls can never get enough fruit either.

  3. Katie says:

    I love fruit, but that is just madness! My 3 year old cousin was found in the fridge last week, completely bypassing the cake and eating pieces of leftover chicken. Kids are crazy!

  4. Amy says:

    So cute! My son would eat the fruit, but my daughter will not eat fruit no matter what!

  5. Teri says:

    Would love a handycam! Favorite memory? Loved watching my daughter “train” shamu by waving her arms wildly at the tank at sea world this fall!

  6. stella says:

    With toddlers, every successful meal is a celebration right? I love that your daughter wanted to see the video while it is shooting…mine could watch herself on video for hours.

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