21/52 – Temptation
I’m not quite sure if temptation is the best adjective to describe the stage the Doodle is at. Perhaps trepidation would be more accurate.
When she encounters something new, or something that she believes is new as its been such a long time since she last did it that she forgot she ever experienced and liked it, she’s beside herself. She’s wary and non-participatory. She retreats into herself.
The first time we put her into the swing this day, she hated it. She forgot that she used to love swooshing back and forth through the air. She squirmed and bucked and fiercely protested. She couldn’t get out of the black contraption fast enough.
We took her out and let her wander around the swing area for a little bit. We’re beginning to learn that she needs a little encouragement. We’re beginning to learn that seeing what older kids do is like bait for her to try something out and give it a fair shake.
This little girl with blond ringlets got into the swing and was full of squeals and laughter. The Doodle was fixated. She stood still and stared. Trying to assess whether or not that much joy could be possible. If the other little girl’s joy was real or fake. The Doodle observed, and you could see her struggle with this dilemma. To swing or not to swing.
Finally, the Doodle couldn’t handle it any more. The joy was too contagious. The Doodle gave in to the temptation and toddled back over to the swings and begged to lifted up. We happily obliged.
This other comparative photo also makes me laugh. I’m on one end of the teeter totter and the Doodle is on the other.
I’m trying to show her how much fun it is to bounce up and down and she’s visibly not convinced. Actually, the poor kid looks quite miserable over there. Only the instant I would stop bouncing up and down, she’d start to bounce up and down cause she didn’t want it to stop. But she wouldn’t crack a smile. Not a single one.
And here’s another one of that oh-so-serious (and seriously squishable) face.
I guess you could say that she’s pretty intense sometimes.