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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Quirky Kids

Every kid I know is quirky, because they haven't yet learned to suppress themselves in an effort to meet social norms. It's one of the things I like best about being a mom -- living with a little individual who is absolutely and unashamedly himself, quirks and all.

One of my favorite BJ quirks right now is what I've taken to calling his "Toddler Jedi Mind Trick." Whenever he's telling you something that he wants you to agree with, he punctuates his words with a repeated and vigorous nod of the head.

For example, I'll ask him if he is ready for lunch. He says, "BJ and Mommy (nod) do letter (nod) puzzle (nod) then do lunch (nod, nod)." He then runs over to the puzzle and looks at me expectantly, still nodding. Has he picked this up from me? I don't think so. I really think he's come up with it on his own, in an attempt to encourage us to tell him, "Sure! Yes! Absolutely!"

It just cracks me up to see him do this. When he gets really emphatic about something, I worry he'll give himself whiplash!

Other BJ quirks include:

  • Stopping to hug every conifer tree he sees, while being sure you know that he knows it's a conifer. (He's usually right, too.)
  • Picking a sprig of lavender almost every time we go out to the car.
  • Insisting that anything alphabet or number related must be arranged in the proper alphabetical or numerical order. Or else.
  • Laughing at beets. (He's been convinced for a long time now, that beets are an inherently hysterical vegetable. If you ask him, "What do we do with beets" he will reply, "We laugh at them!") We also must visit the beets in the produce section of the grocery store, every time we go. So that we can wave at them and say, "Hello, beets!" and then laugh at them.
  • Singing the Greek alphabet with his father.
  • Informing us that "E eats Endive!"
  • Asking to listen to They Might Be Giants: Here Come The ABCs! every time we get into the car.
  • Bringing his lizard and starfish puppets with him when we go to the mall.
  • Bringing the letters P and O with him when we go to the post office.
  • Counting -- and touching -- the big red spheres in front of Target stores.
  • Delighting in the experience of getting dizzy, while saying "BJ dancing!"
BB is still a bit too young to have many of her own quirks. So far, they are expressing themselves in a particular fascination with her own toes and in a taste for wooden spoons. But give her time. It's one of the things I look forward to the most -- watching her grow up into her own, unique, quirky self.

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