There was a two year old at work today I was watching from across the playground – he seemed to have discovered his shadow for the first time today. He was playing in the sunlight with a toy near a wall when he looked up and caught sight of his shadow. I don’t think he knew what it was at first. He noticed how it moved when he moved and stopped when he stopped. He froze and stared at it for a moment – then moved very slowly looking intently at his shadow the entire time. Then he froze and stared again. Then he made a few sudden quick movements – it was almost like he wanted to catch his shadow off guard and move too fast for it to copy him! So cute. He kept doing this for a good 10 mins before he got bored and started walking away.
He walked down the wall and passed by a glass door. I saw him glance quickly at the door as he walked by. About 3 or 4 feet passed the door his expression changed to one of surprise and he turned around and went back to the door and stared. At first I didn’t know why. Then I saw him moving and looking intently again – that is when I realized: he had discovered his reflection! I almost laughed out loud! He got a kick out of watching his reflection as he moved and made faces! Once again this kept him occupied for a good 10 mins before he walked off to go play on the playground!
I love watching children make new discoveries…when their young, life’s one big adventure!