Sunday, April 3, 2011
While visiting her aunty in Queensland, Miss Flora enjoyed a close encounter with a large green tree frog. After spending a few minutes oohing and aahing over the frog, Miss Flora returned to the lounge room with Aunty.
No sooner had Miss Flora sat down when she spied Aunty’s coasters. They each contained a vivid photograph of a green tree frog, identical to the real frog Miss Flora and Aunty had been saying hello to.
Miss Flora picked up a coaster in each hand and raced to the back door, begging Aunty to open it. As soon as Aunty obliged, Miss Flora shot out the door to the frog. She very carefully laid the coasters on the ground in front of him and pointed at them, exclaiming, ‘look! look!’
Not yet two, Miss Flora not only connected the frog with the pictures on the coasters, but was desperate to share her discovery with him.
Maybe it was the frog’s lack of reaction or she felt he couldn’t quite see the coasters properly, but laying them in front of him wasn’t sharing enough. Miss Flora placed her hand behind the frog and tried to gently push him forward towards the coasters.
It’s small moments like this that remind me of how magical being a parent can be.