As I've mentioned, I am very close to my 6 year old nephew even though he lives in the US. Hes my Little Man. We talk on the phone several times a week with updates and the usual 'When are you coming home again' questions.
He had his birthday Sept 12th, and I had totally forgotten to buy him a present when I was home in August and leave it for him to open. I called him 2 weeks before his birthday and gave him the option of my sending him a present in the mail or waiting until Christmas and we'd go shopping together to buy it. The shopping (to Toys R Us) won out over a present now.
While talking on the phone yesterday we had an interesting convesation that shows he listens to me and remembers everything.
Me - What we doing when I come home for Christmas?
Andrew - Going Shopping. To toys R Us.
Me - Really? What are we going to buy there?
Andrew - My birthday present....We can buy something for you too Aunt Kim.
Me - We're going to buy me a toy?
Andrew - No, we can go buy you yarn!
Me - Why yarn?
Andrew - Because your favorite thing is yarn, yarn, yarn and more yarn.
Me - And how do you know that?
Andrew - Because I know. You really like it. We can buy you what you like if you give me the money.
Me - We'll see.
Andrew - You have lots of secret yarn in Grandmas basement that you never use, you can get some there.
LOL - even my nephew knows where my stash is hidden - its really not safe at all! And hes a boy whos not remotely interested in yarn at all.