As a parent, I want my child(ren) to be helpful, empathetic, and thoughtful. I am pretty proud to say that my daughter does exhibit these behaviors at 15 months. She helps to unload the dishwasher, dust around the house, and will hand you things that need to be picked. Well, at least until the next thing catches and diverts her attention.
When we go for walks, she will pick up little pebbles and pine-cones to hand them to someone to hold. At home, she might pick a crumb or a stray piece of paper off the floor and hand it to you.
Well yesterday as I sat on the floor chit-chatting with my mom, Bunny toddled over with her fingers pinched and said, “Ma Ma?”
I opened the palm of my hand. She dropped it into my palm, grinning.
It was a dead fly.
I screamed, dropped it, and took off running to the sink.
Of course, later I did try to play it cool and praise her for her kindness. Because in the back of my mind, I am relieved that at least she didn’t eat it.
Next time though, I think I’ll check what she gives me before I open my hand!