Our little hen

»  mark    12 Oct 2006 @ 17:51    

Before being a parent, I never understood how interesting it is to watch kids change and develop over time. Sure there are the milestones that everyone looks for: smiling, crawling, walking, tying shoes, etc. But achieving those makes you “normal.” The things that make each child unique, the personality… that’s what is really fun to observe.

For quite some time, Maya has watched Olya and tried to imitate her: “helping” in the kitchen, placing things in the shopping cart at the store, and trying on clothes (sometimes even makeup) in front of the mirror. But over the past few weeks, her “mothering” qualities have really kicked in.

Maya is long past merely carrying her trusty monkey alongside and making sure he stays warm under the blanket in the stroller. Now the monkey is in every respect her baby. She faithfully attends to changing his diaper, applying the necessary but discomforting diaper rash cream. She takes him in the shower on occasion and makes sure he closes his eyes when we rinse the shampoo off his head. She attends his wounds when he falls, provides comfort when he is tired or irritable. And more recently, Maya has even begun to feed him by carefully positioning his head under her shirt.

The great irony to me is that all this time I thought we were supposed to be teaching her, and now I think she is teaching us.


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