austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Aloha e komo mai

More on my neice, and our first meeting, and her sense of how the world should be: when she was done setting her little chair and the tray where she wanted it, and after she'd had some fun with the squeaky shoes (she's fascinated by shoes that squeak with her steps), and with boxes (she's fascinated by boxes, both putting them together and stomping on them), she was given one of those cups with a plastic cover designed to reduce the risk of accidental spills. The cup was full of Cheerios, which she likes. She did give out one each to me, my father, my mother, and my sister-in-law; she tried to give one to my brother, but he'd have none of it. He was also checking his Blackberry for the things that people with Blackberries are always checking them for. She still spilled a few Cheerios, but would come back to pick them up and eat them.

She spilled one Cheerio by my foot, and toddled along to my father apparently not noticing it. I made a halfhearted effort to return it to her, unsure what exactly she would want with it, and then put it on the coffee table out of sight. She returned as she inevitably would and looked where the Cheerio had been, and made a little grunting of disapproval. She shook another Cheerio out of her cup and set it down where the first had been, and thus, I assume, proved a point about the constancy of fixed objects.

So now I was curious and when she wandered off again I took the original abandoned Cheerio and set it back next to its replacement. She came back to this scene and was stymied by the sudden incrase in Cheerio activity. And so --- and I felt like one of those researchers watching ravens figure some counterintuitive yet logical solution to a puzzle --- she shook another two Cheerios out of her cup and set them down making a chain of four Cheerios in a slight zig-zag. And with that chain safely established, she proceeded to eat them, one at a time, and went back to her business.

She's got quite the charming personality.

Trivia: The word ``pemmican'' derives from the Cree word for ``fat''. Source: Food In History, Reay Tannahill.

Currently Reading: Carrying The Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys, Michael Collins.


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