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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Monkey see, monkey do

He watches her. He watches and copies her. He learns from her. He wants to do what she does.

He climbs over the couch cushions lying on the floor and into the belly of the couch. She is sitting there reading, surrounded by books. He picks up a book too and sits beside her. He pretends to read.

From his perch on my left hip he leans away from me to grab a marker from inside her bucket of art supplies. He watches her as she sits at the kitchen table and moves her paintbrush across the white paper. I place him down on the floor with a scrap of paper I have ripped of from the roll. The cap still on the marker he drags it back and forth drawing a picture of his own.

One hand on the back of the chair and the other on the little table he pulls himself up onto the seat. He pauses for a moment before lowering himself down to a sitting position. He grabs one of the wooden dolls on the table in front of him. He moves the doll from the bed to the table to the chair and back again. He dances the doll in and out of the dollhouse.

Standing at the bottom of the slide he tries to claw his way to the top. Gripping the blue plastic sides of the slide he propels his legs forward, willing them to carry him up up up. He yells at me to hold his hands, now outstretched, and help him to reach his destination.

Just like his sister.


  1. I love this. I have such a good sense of him and their relationship with this lovely piece.

  2. It's so amazing to watch the little one try do what the big one is doing.

  3. This is exactly the relationship of my five and two year olds. It's cute and a little crazy.

  4. awww baby brothers are soooo cute!

  5. They say that the second child learns so much from their older sibling, and tend to reach milestones earlier. Are you finding this to be true with your boy?

    I loved your simple, yet poetic descriptions of this. My favorite line: "He climbs over the couch cushions lying on the floor and into the belly of the couch."