It’s fascinating to watch a child learn to focus for a sustained period of time. When Darwin was quite young, only a month or two older than Linnea, I was amazed to watch her sit with a pile of books and look through them for 15 minutes without any need for interaction. These highly needy creatures also benefit so much from learning to be still and focused. 

Now Darwin will select a puzzle and spend half an hour or more taking all the pieces out and putting them back in order. Or removing all the stacking rings and replacing them, largest to smallest. She will still sit and look at books, but mostly books are a group activity, unless the group is overwhelming. 

Linnea has the typical second child advantage when it comes to filling her time – she has a big sister to watch and emulate. Already – far earlier than Darwin – she is attempting to put the puzzle pieces back in the puzzle. Or her mouth, depending on the status of her teeth. She likes books, and wants to turn pages. Mostly though, she’s focused on people. “What is everyone else doing and how can I get to them?” Appears to be her motto currently. She crawls very fast and can find a choking hazard on the floor nearly faster than we can get to her. I swear infants are focused on self-destruction. 

I, on the other hand, struggle to focus. Work, home, toddler, infant, wife, dog, self.  Lots of balls in the air that might be easier to manage if I could afford each its time and focus. For now, I’ll be in awe of these little tornadoes and try to do a little emulation of my own. 


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