Where does she learn these things?!
This seems to be a question that I have been asking myself (& others) with increasing regularity lately.
It’s as if, almost overnight, unprompted ideas have started popping into our little girl’s mind. It’s like she is suddenly filled with original thoughts.
This might not sound like a big deal, but to see your child go from a peanut who can’t so much as lift her head without your help to this little person with that head full of ideas (not planted by you)…is SO FREAKING COOL
and sort of trippy too.
Last night, for instance, she was sweeping our front stoop with a Hazel-sized broom (cleaning seems to be her new favorite pastime) when suddenly and apropos of nothing, she took me by the hand and puled me across the courtyard to our neighbor’s flower bed.
She stood silently, on guard.
Her hands hung delicately (awkwardly) midair as she intently searched for something. You could see her eyes darting about from the flowers to the ground back up the stems.
This went on for several minutes….which in toddler time is more or less, forever….when suddenly, her arms flew above her head, her face lit up and she started yelling:
"Bee! Bee! Look…Bee!"
(Mind you, there were no bees anywhere….but I did spot a large fly resting on the leaf of a Hydrangea - so I assume that was what triggered this.)
It wasn’t that she was scared….that wasn’t it at all
Rather, it seemed as if somewhere along the line, Hazel figured out that such an outburst could be a totally appropriate reaction to a Bee sighting.
At first we assumed she must have had a run-in with a Bee while out with her nanny or the GP’s, but none of them seem to have any idea where she could have picked it up.
She doesn’t watch TV (save for a little bit of sports action and Sesame Street Videos on youTube) - so she couldn’t have learned about Bee-Hysteria there.
And I skimmed through her bookshelves but didn’t find any stories that dealt explicitly with Bee attacks…
so I literally have no idea how she learned this
or what prompted her to head off on a Bee hunt last night.
Ah the mysteries of parenthood.
Hazel is literally growing up right before my very eyes!
(z’s dress, in case you are curious, was like $0.25 from goodwill. woot!)