L can be a bit of a stinker. Even at nine months, she happens to be the youngest full-time enrollee in her class, and so she's always trying to be a big shot. One of her teachers recently told me a story about L and Gwen, a girl who's about to mark her first birthday and who is probably almost 10 pounds heavier than my stringbean. The teacher left the classroom to retrieve the big stroller from the vestibule because it was time for the kids' morning walk. The babies love their morning walk and always get very excited to see the stroller. L spotted it first and began crawling eagerly toward the doorway. Gwen spotted it next and began crawling, too. L waited for Gwen to catch up, as if she wanted her company. As soon as Gwen reached her L pushed her down and continued to the doorway solo.
If you observe 100 interactions like that in an afternoon assignment, what do you learn? Here are a few lessons I think L and her friends demonstrate:
~Friends who forgive easily are the best kind.
~Even really good found sounds better than it tastes. Spitting it out is way more fun than ingesting it.
~Toys are more fun if your friend has pre-licked them for you.
~Even with a whole lifetime ahead of being responsible for wiping your own butt, it's still not so indulgent when someone else wipes it for you that it's worth leaving a floor covered with all those pre-licked toys.
~Good hugs are really worth everything.