My granddaughter’s a girl!

When the Snaotheus Bunch were up for my birthday a couple of weeks ago, Honorable Granddaughter Chilkat discovered one of the manually operated fans that go everywhere with me. These are, evidently, an oddity so near extinction that strange children will walk up to me and ask what they are. Toddlers who can’t ask simply stand and stare at the fan in motion. They seem entranced by the fact that a not-electrical device can blow air over your face.

But I digress. Chilkat sat on the couch, holding the fan. I sat next to her, on tenterhooks, while her mom sat on the other end and nonchalantly did whatever she was doing. Having experience of three successive babies, I was alert for the first r-r-rip of the fan, expecting her wee little hands to pull it apart rather than go with the sideways open/close motion.

Chilkat turned it around and around in her hands, inspecting it closely.

She moved it back and forth. She moved it up and down.

She pulled one edge piece to the side. The fan opened. Her eyes lit up. She pushed the edge piece in the opposite direction. The fan closed.

She giggled.

And she repeated the sequence.

Open . . . close.

Open . . . close.

Open . . . close.

By this time, I was practically biting my fingertips, awaiting that big sideways r-r-i-p-p-p.

Open . . . close.

Open . . . close.

This continued for some time; long enough for my Mental Baby Behavior Pattern Monitor to send up an alert: Warning! Warning! Infant behaving outside expected parameters! Warning!

Open . . . close.

Open . . . close.

What is this? I wondered. Any of my kids would have ripped it apart by now. . .

Mental Baby Behavior Pattern Monitor went into high gear, digging through ancient files to seek an explanation for this unusual behavior.

Open . . . close.

Open . . . close.

MBBPM popped a card up from the deck.

Aha! Got it! Delighta is a girl!

The babies I have experience with were boys (boyoboy, were they boys). Boys’ El Destructo modes flip on way sooner, and with way more force.

Open . . . close.

This is gonna be fun. Yep. 🙂

Posted by wordsmith

0 comments

LOL! They are all ve-ry different, aren’t they?

I suspect the taking-things-apart will come as she gets better coordination. Right now, her focus is on visual analysis: She actually stares at things and furrows her teeny brow as if she’s figuring out how they go together/what they do. Very interesting to watch.

I want one of those girls! I think Kat’s main function in life is to destroy things, and Miriam is so engineer-oriented that she would probably have taken it apart to see how it worked. We also have some of those fans, which I use more for decoration than function, save on rare occasions. We had three, now we have two, and they are currently out of reach of tiny hands.

Leave a Reply