This was a fair few months ago now so why she happened to remember them that night is beyond me. BUT she did and she came out and the conversation went something like this amidst a lot of tears ...
AJ: Dad, do you know if my birthday cards have been taken by the big truck?
Dad: Not sure.
AJ: But I really need them, Dad. They are the ones from when I turned 5.
Dad: So? I don't have any of my birthday cards from when I was little.
AJ: (sobbing) But I need them because if I don't get them back when I get older I won't remember when I was 5 (hysterical now) and I need to remember when I was 5.
I came out of the office to see what the fuss was about.
AJ: Mum, can you please get my cards out of the bin?
Me: Sure. (Trying hard not to laugh) Go back to bed and I'll see what I can do.
AJ: So you don't think the truck took them away then?
Me: No, I think we'll be able to get them back.
AJ: *sniff* I love you Mum.
Me: I love you too. Goodnight.
She now thinks I'm some kind of super mum with magic powers. Not too bad but the whole "I love you Mum" got me thinking how cranky she will be at me in years to come when she realises she was played! I'm sure it will be one of those memories due to the sheer dramatics of it that she will always remember.
Luckily we have put money aside for the loads of therapy the girls just might need if we continue to mess with their heads as only mums and dads can do.