Just One Of The Kids… In Training

2 years, 8 months.

Dear Jack,

This week while on vacation, I’ve been observing your social behavior.

So as I brought up a few days ago, I suspect that, like me, you’re a highly social, highly verbal introvert who needs a designated time and place to just zone out and meditate without someone or something interrupting your thoughts.

You’re a deep thinker, like me. You like to analyze how the world works and teach yourself as much as you can about life.

And as I have been watching you this week, you have been watching your older cousins.

I’ve caught you several times smiling whenever they laugh about something; like here in this picture.

You have no idea what they are talking about, and even though they don’t even see your reaction, you still are reacting.

Whereas you’re nearly 3, the youngest of your cousins on this side of the family is 10 years old. So there’s a major age gap there. It’s interesting to see the dynamics.

I’ll say this- I don’t know that I’ve heard anyone refer to you as “Baby Jack,” as was this case with previous family visits. That means your cousins are seeing you as a little kid now.

Sure, you’re a pet version of Animal from the Muppets, or a baby caveman, to them. But I can see that your cousins are naturally drawn to want to socialize you; as you want them to socialize you.

So I like catching glimpses of you smiling when they laugh, as if you were part of the conversation… because at least in your mind, you are.

 

Love,

Daddy

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