I love the look of concentration on his face as he works. So serious, so deeply, deeply involved in every task. He's right on the cusp of capability-- there is so much he can do, and that delights him, and yet still so much that is hard and frustrating and just beyond his abilties. I try to take every opportunity to give him the chance at small successes, and I strive-- sometimes more gracefully than others-- to help him ride the frustration out, and channel all that drive and energy and purpose into something that he will find rewarding instead of daunting. It's hard work, this parenting business. Strength and patience and calm to all of us who are together on this journey.
It's a bit late, but we are finally getting our seedling started. Grady helped me with these--we really had more fun that I would have expected. Except for when he ate the potting soil (please tell me other people's kids do stuff like this. I mean, I know we were spooning it and all, but really? Eating dirt? What's the appeal, I ask you?)
Here is plan B
Abd this work-- such fun for small hands. We hatch from eggs! Did you know that all these wonderful, diverse beings began as eggs? Naturally, he's most excited about the dinosaur. All boy, that one. I'm hoping to find a few minutes to craft some of these to house his wee creatures-- so much better than plastic!