This is about Harper. He was a good little boy, and always very curious…
As soon as Harper could crawl, he developed an immense curiosity about everything around him. Once he could walk, and then climb we were in BIG trouble. By the age of two, “dismantle” and “destroy” were part of his vocabulary. His sisters often mention “mischief” and “shenanigans”. He’s keen on taking things apart to figure out how and why they work. I love this little boy’s zest for learning and his clever nature, but it exhausts me. Every single day I struggle with finding consequences for his behavior that will not squelch his inquisitive nature. His most recent endeavors include:
- flushing two toothbrushes down the toilet, resulting in an entire toilet replacement
- pouring a bottle of dish soap into a pot of Gerber daisies
- squirting almost an entire tube of toothpaste into the sink
- emptying a bottle of shampoo into the bathtub
- dumping hair detangler in the sink
- dismantling a toy helicopter, solar powered butterflies, Nerf bullets, and a Hot Wheels track
- doling out snacks from the pantry
- unleashing dust bunnies from the vacuum cleaner
- shredding magazines
- removing flaps from books
- unrolling tape to make tricycle streamers
I promise, I supervise him well and offer a variety of sensory and enriching activities to satisfy his thirst for hands on learning, but nonetheless, Harper is programmed for curiosity. Before going to bed, I say a prayer something like this:
“Dear God, please help me to appreciate Harper’s zest for learning and to treat him with patience and respect rather than anger and frustration. Help him learn ways to be productive with this curiosity, and eventually use it to earn an honest living.”
Last week, Harper’s curiosity finally benefited me. I noticed that his bolted-to-the-wall nightstand was askew. Just before I started to press for an explanation, I decided to investigate it myself. Though I have no idea why he pulled the nightstand crooked, I was ecstatic to find the treasure trove behind it.
In the company of a plastic sword, miniature road barrier, Christmas tree angel, and wooden fish, you may spy a kelly green iPod nano. Why yes!!! This particular iPod has been MIA since October. Many months ago, Sydney took it from the dock and seemed to be handling it well so I let her play with it, but then it vanished. When questioned, Sydney insisted it was “by the bed”. After taking our bed, hers, and the boys apart, I gave up hope. I missed this iPod especially when I wrote reports at work, or wanted to enjoy a particular playlist, but really I presumed it was flushed with the toothbrushes. Harper was quite pleased with this discovery too.
I can only hope that future investigations will lead to similarly wonderful discoveries. In the meantime, I’ll continue prayers for patience.