Sunday, December 18, 2005

Into the Looking Glass...

Lewis Carol made this famous in his novel The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, when Alice slips into the rabbit hole looking for the white rabbit. She discovers many friends in various forms from accordian owls to nomeraths that you must not step on. As children there comes the moment in time that you discover yourself in the mirror, what a magical time it is! You're sitting there, minding your own business, when suddenly you realize you are not alone. There is someone else sitting right in front of you doing the same thing you are. What a moment of awe and wonder as you try to touch the other person, take their toy and give them a kiss. Shockingly, they repeat all the same moves as you, yet you never touch.
Peanut made her way into her looking glass yesterday. She has made this journey before, but not to the extent she has now. It all started when I came up into my room to check my email. I placed Peanut on the floor next to me for a second, as she has discovered the keypad. About five feet away from where she is sitting is a wall of closets with mirrored doors. In one corner are some toys I keep hidden for her to "find" and play with. As I type, she butt scoots, ie hops on her bottom, accross the room to the mirrors. She looks, touches, leans forward to taste and bumps her head. Startled she pauses, looks back at me and says "Baba". I said yes, you see the baby in the mirror! She looks again, then scoots over to her toys, and begins to play with them. As she plays, she begins to share with the baby in the mirror. She claps, talks and tries to hand a toy off to the baby. It was so cute! The funniest part was today when I came back in the room to fold laundry, and put Peanut on the floor, she went right into the corner and started to talk to the baby in the mirror. She must think the baby lives in that corner now. So I feel comfortable saying that Peanut has stepped through the looking glass and has discovered a new world within her own. Amazing!

2 comments:

RNP said...

Lovely story, so glad to hear that peanut has made new friend!

Julana said...

Our school speech therapist has been using a mirror a lot. Maybe this will help Peanut vocalize more.