Tonight at dinner Monkey noticed a boxelder bug crossing the floor. We have hundreds of these in the fall and into the winter the crawl out now and then. They don’t really do anything, they just wander around. This was probably the first time she noticed a bug of any sort. She stopped eating and started pointing at the bug crossing the kitchen floor.
She got down from dinner and went right over to the bug. She laid on her belly and just started to talk to bug, point to it, laugh, and would wave and say “hi!” She did this for about 15-20 minutes, which for an almost two year old is an eternity!
Her innocence was just beautiful. She was fascinated by the bug. When he went under the fridge, she kept looking under the fridge trying to find him. When he re-emerged she was elated and I had to rescue the bug before she managed to poke him to death (accidentally of course). She said “bye bye” and waved as I picked up her new friend and relocated him to the garage.
Then it was time for bath. Watching her learn is probably one of the most rewarding things I have ever experienced.