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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Playing with ideas

One of the most delightful things to observe in children is the way they synthesize and make sense of new information by incorporating it into their play. On yesterday's trip to the library, one of the books we selected was Gretchen: The Bicycle Dog.

It's a true story, told in scrapbook fashion with family photos, of a dog who suffered a spinal injury and learned to walk again using a special prosthetic: a cart to support her paralyzed hind legs.

The kids adore this book and have already asked for many repetitions of it, and even requested that we purchase a copy once our checkout time has expired. Something about this story really resonates with them, and that alone is charming to watch.

But this? This was a little wonderful and a little heartbreaking all at once.

C has constructed a cart for one of his favored toys, "Carlo". He has reassured me that Carlo's injury is only temporary. I'm not sure how long it will take him to get his fill of his toy being handicapped. It's touching to see how gentle and considerate he is of Carlo's new special needs.

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