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Extremely small elephants

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

Yesterday, in the midst of a mundane lunchtime, my daughter exhibited a beatiful moment of personal creativity that inspired me to keep the TV off so that her brain can be on. She’s done lots of imagining playthings, from the baby hippos she finds in various locations and picks up and carries, to taking her baby doll or kitty to the toilet and scrupulously wiping thier bottoms, but this new one just blew me away.

She was eating a quesadilla, and as she bit into it, made her sign (combination noise and sign) for elephant. She was letting me know that it looked like an elephant – as she had bit into it, quite unexpectedly I assume, the shape of an elephant trunk.

I just love these moments when she creates a new world for herself and then enjoys it. Much as she has created worlds of toys from basic stuff in our house – the old plastic easter eggs have become home for coins, which she can then hide and discover over and over, the sticks at the playground become birthday candles for blowing out and licking frosting off.

It reminds me why I work so hard at not having TV available and why I choose toys that some days seem boring, but seem to bring out the best in her.


Monday, April 16th, 2007

Everyone talks about the “terrible twos” and I do understand why this developmental period is hard for many parents. I remember when my friend Leah’s daughter Sophie was upset about something, I said, “It is hard to be 2” and her mom replied “It is hard to be the mom of a 2 year old.” This is true, they are constantly pushing limits, trying to figure out where they start and you stop. And it is hard to keep your cool when a child is shrieking, as if she has just broken a major limb, because she wanted to find the baby doll and you picked it up for her.

But on good days, I’m finding this push for independence quite nice in other ways. She will actually play by herself for an hour in the mornings, not requiring or even requesting my presence, so that I have time to clean up the kitchen and even check my email. She really wants to do things on her own, and this requires me to sit on my hands while she tries to zip her sweater for the 100th time, even though she can’t get the zipper threaded. It is so fun to see her learning everything…one day she can’t even imagine how to put together a puzzle, the next day it just falls into place.

Peace Vigil

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Mom and Daughter with Signs
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Anna attended her first peace vigil – we joined a few hundred people on the fourth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq at Boulder’s courthouse lawn. We sang songs, lit candles, and organizers read letters from troops who died in Iraq, in concert with hundreds of other vigils around the country.


Sharing food with Jasper

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

Sharing food with Jasper
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Apparently, I used to eat my dog’s food when I was about this age. Anna hasn’t gone so far as to eat the cat’s food, but when I was feeding scraps of turkey (as I cleaned the carcass) to both her and Jasper, she thought his looked good, and decided to share with him.

Actually, it was a good ploy to try new foods, as later she was willing to eat tuna out of his bowl when I gave him some as a treat (to make up for the fact that we accidentally left him locked in our closet for 2 days while we went out of town).

cold, cold bees

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

Today, at the Butterfly Pavilion, Anna really wanted to look at the display of honey bees, which she asked for by saying “eeeee” (her word for bees buzzing). It is pretty cool, you can see the bee hive behind glass, and watch them go in and out of the building to collect nectar, via a glass tube. Today, though, they weren’t going outside: it was 40 degrees with a foot of snow on the ground. I explained that it was too cold for them to go out, and she responded with her sign for hat. As in “maybe the bees need hats.” That made me laugh for about an hour, picturing little yellow and black striped tophats on each bee.