Thursday, October 28, 2010

When I was a camp counselor one of the first lessons I learned from Spike White was concerning the pace of children. When he said they move at the speed of light I thought he was exaggerating. He wasn’t.

Once babies start crawling, the world becomes their research laboratory. When they start walking, it’s all over but the shouting. First time parents quickly learn to respect the dreaded two minutes of silence. Oh so much can happen in two minutes ... huge crayon wall murals completed, 25 pound sacks of dog food emptied, a roll of toilet paper unloaded down to the last square, sometimes into the toilet, and entire cabinets cleaned out. How do they do it?

We tried to “child proof” our house when we started having babies. I think that term is strictly for the emotional comfort of parents. No one knows how to operate child proof lids and locks but children.

Kaylin decided to do a bit of research and rearranging yesterday. Actually, it looks as if she was on a very specific mission, hair care. The child proof latch didn’t seem to slow her down. When a baby has two older brothers, she learns extra fast. It’s like having in home tutors.

What amazing is Travis and Kari most likely have never sat her down and said, “Now Kaylin, let’s not empty out cabinets” giving her any ideas. She came up with that all on her own. All my grandkids are brilliant! By the look on her face, she may have been second guessing the decision to go shopping in her mommy’s stuff.

Spike was right ... kids are second only to Superman when it comes to speed.

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