When my son was little (before he started school), one of his imaginary play settings was the set of a television show that was hosted by the late Johnnie Cochran (a famed defense attorney) and Nancy Grace (a legal commentator and former prosecutor). My mother (now deceased) and I watched the show regularly. On the show, the two attorneys usually expressed opposing views. Following the show, my mother and I would discuss the views expressed by the co-anchors. At the time, I didn’t realize how much my son was influenced by those conversations.
Then, one day as I piddled around the kitchen I overheard my son say, “Nancy Grace. No Johnnie Cochran.” I stopped what I had been doing and listened intently to him retell with fluency and feeling the conversation he had overheard. I don’t know which influenced him more, the debate that took place between Nancy and Johnnie or the discussion my mother and I had following the show. What I did know was that my son had understood and accurately recalled the details and gist of a debate about a trial.
Before that day I knew my son was smart. However, after listening to him I realized he had a great mind as well as a good memory.