Friday, October 14, 2011

Parenting Lesson #2,174: Observation skill FTW!

If there’s one thing parenting taught me… it is that no matter how long you’ve been a parent, there’s really so much more of your kid to learn all the time!

Jayvon has very keen observation skills. Nic had a friend from Sydney who was in town for a few days, so we decided to bring her to the Night Safari on a Monday night, and took the opportunity to also bring Jayvon –seeing he adores animals so. Peering through one of the exhibits, we were trying to catch a glimpse of the Mousedeer –and through the branches, I excitedly told the group I found it! Laying on the ground, the outline of the body of the animal could be vaguely made out. Busy giving myself a pat on the back, I didn’t hear Jayvon calling out to me “Here, Mummy.” So he continued in the most impatiently tolerant voice he can muster, “HERE, Mummy” and pointed to an area at the corner of the exhibit, where camouflaged amongst the leaves of the ground and the dim lighting… lay another Mousedeer.

But see, it’s not just about the mousedeer.

During our many excursions to the zoo, the bird park, the night safari, we usually get a souvenir for Jay, to help him remember the fun time we spent with him! So he has amassed a small mountain of stuffed animals, tees and other knick-knacks. We got him the elephant cup (on the right) for him during one such trip. And we got him the elephant cup on the left for him at the Night Safari days ago.


Spot any difference? Me neither at first.

Jay: (Holding up the cup) I want to buy this cup!

Me: You already have an elephant cup, Jay. Why buy two? Get another cup? See, lion cup? Or the monkey one?

Jay: (Pouting as he puts the cup back) But this is the Daddy Elephant cup…

Me: How do you know that? It’s the same elephant cup!

Jay: Because got tusk.

Two second pause as Nic & I stare at our son with slack jaws.

We took the cup. Oh. My. Gosh. He was right.

Did you spot the tusks?

We bought the cup. However could we say no?

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