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A champion jump







The steps leading down from the library to its lower-level exit. A mother is holding open the heavy wooden door. Her son, about four years old, hesitates, six steps up. I'm behind him on the landing. I don't want to rush him.

He takes a step down, then steps back up.

"Come on," his mother says. "Don't play around."

He steps back down one step, then JUMPS over the remaining four steps and lands beside his mother.

"WOW!" I say. He grins broadly.

"That was a champion jump," I say to his mom, who's holding the door for me, too.

"Yeah," she says, and she's smiling too, proud.

...

PS. Those corn starch packing peanuts that I put out in the compost bin? The squirrel LOVED them.

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duccio
Dec. 19th, 2014 01:14 am (UTC)
Maybe the squirrel manure and digging are more beneficial to the soil than the cornstarch.
amaebi
Dec. 19th, 2014 12:24 pm (UTC)
Yes, I was thinking, "Another energy round before they hit the soil!"
asakiyume
Dec. 20th, 2014 06:25 pm (UTC)
value added!!
asakiyume
Dec. 20th, 2014 06:24 pm (UTC)
They can't hurt!
heliopausa
Dec. 19th, 2014 01:26 am (UTC)
Oh, well done, four-year-old! :)
asakiyume
Dec. 20th, 2014 06:25 pm (UTC)
I could feel his thrill ^_^
amaebi
Dec. 19th, 2014 12:27 pm (UTC)
Yesterday I went to Chun Woo's school at midday*. As I drove up, across from the school a women was holding the hand of a small red-headed girl, leading her toward the back seat of a vehicle, watching the road whose side they were on. The girl-- probably 2-3 years old-- was jumping in a concentrated sort of way. Both of them were serious. Neither looked cross. It was lovely.

* No scary. I was dropping off math club things.
asakiyume
Dec. 20th, 2014 06:26 pm (UTC)
Wonderful that the adult was able to enter in so fully, give it full concentration.

I want to come read your math posts--probably later today.
amaebi
Dec. 20th, 2014 06:32 pm (UTC)
She might have been thinking about something else, but she was definitely not expressing irritation with the child in any way.
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