Wednesday, June 17, 2009

He Never Forgets a Face. Literally.

With great trepidation and fear that this is going to make me be that mom, I need to share something remarkable that Alec did yesterday that literally took my breath away.

We've learned in the last six months or so that Alec, who will be two in August, is fiercely gregarious. And he never -- ever -- seems to forget people's names, even people we see only occasionally. I keep joking that he's going to be a politician. Or a car dealer. He likes to repeat people's names. Constantly. He also likes to wave while saying people's names, even when he's in very close proximity to them, a combination I find particularly adorable. (Adults don't usually stand very close to one another, wave and enthusiastically say, "Hi Bill! Hi Bill!" as if they're greeting a long lost relative, especially if they've just said hello not five minutes earlier.) But I'm his mother. Of course I think it's adorable.

Anyway, so here's what happened. I've been taking Alec to a Monday class at My Gym. His regular teachers are named Miss Megan and Miss Megan. (Meaning that during a typical My Gym class, he shouts, "Hi Mitt Megan!!" about eleventy billion times.) But the week of Memorial Day, the gym was closed for the holiday, so we took a makeup class on a Thursday. The Thursday class was led by one of the Miss Megans and another teacher we had never met named Miss Christina.

Fast forward to yesterday. We switched our regular My Gym day to Tuesday. We walk in and see the ever-present Miss Megan. "Hi Mitt Megan!" Alec said with a smile. Standing next to her was Miss Christina, whom he had met once. Two and a half weeks ago.

"What's her name?" I asked for fun, honestly never expecting him to pull it out.

"Mitt Christina!" he said without hesitation.

I clapped my hand over my mouth. Christina's jaw dropped on the floor. Megan started to laugh.

I honestly have no idea how he does this. But someone just told me about this Harvard study, which identified a class of people known as "super recognizers." I'm no scientist, and I have no idea if children even qualify, but I'm saying that has to be what Alec is. I love that it includes the word "super," which makes the whole thing seem vaguely like Spidey powers. But clearly we're onto something.

Now to set up an exploratory committee for Alec's 2042 Congressional bid. I'll just have to pray he's a Democrat.


  1. Alec is "super" on so many levels... super smart, super sweet, super adorable! I love when he greets me with, "hi curtain."

    PS - I used to have this same uncanny ability - never, ever forgot a face or name. Until I had Sarah. Seriously. Must be the sleep deprivation and multi-tasking.

  2. Have we met, Kirsten?


  3. Isn't that amazing? So much fun to witness this tremendous little moments! He sounds Harvard bound for sure!