It's not news that kids change a lot in a short period of time. Sometimes, however, they seem to hurtle forward between blinks.
Nikki Dee is changing ever so quickly lately. Today, she played on her own for hours: singing, chattering, making up stories. Happy as a clam she was. She would not have done this, at least not to the same extent, a short while ago.
Eventually, I leaned over the couch a snapped this picture. She had a few humanoid figures, four little horses, and a barn, and she was amusing herself to no end. ↓↓
Even to have all of the folk and critters so lined up and organized was revealing to me. ↓↓
As I said, she was as happy as a calm. ↓↓
She has sruprised me a few times lately, such as on yet another occasion today when she wanted to do a jigsaw puzzle. It's a 20-piece, large format puzzle that takes a lot of floor space. The last time we did it together, she required almost total guidance. Today, she needed a bit of help sorting through the large number of pieces, but when I'd select one and hand it to her asking, "Do you know where this goes?" she did know. Every time. Wow!
A few nights ago, she was visiting, and I brought out a book that we often look at, but, again, it had been quite awhile. One page has musical instruments, and she has always insisted that the cello was a violin. I conceded this but added that it was a big violin, and sometimes even went as far as to state that it had another name: cello. She never repeated this to me, so I didn't assume that it was sinking in.
Anyway, on the weekend I asked her what it was: "It's a big violin."
Okay then: "Do you know it's other name?" I wasn't even sure that she'd understand the question and thought it would just give me another chance to say, "Cello." But I didn't have to because she said it first. Wow again!
The human brain is an amazing piece of equipment. Mind you, for some of us, it's deteriorating apace, but it's still a change: just not one that makes me altogether delirious with joy.