Monday, January 30, 2017

Key codes

Lottie turned a new page in her little life when she 
discovered she could move the kitchen stool in front of the refrigerator. 
Then she learned that she could open up the fridge,
find the tupperware of cooked steel cut oats along with the soy milk and cream. 
Then she learned that she could get down that tupperware 
of oats on the fridge shelve and get herself a bowl in the drawer 
(along with a spoon).  Then she spoons herself out a nice helping of oatmeal,
pours the soymilk in the bowl, and adds little a touch of cream.
Next, Lottie learned to pull the stool to another counter where we keep the 
honey and she adds a nice glob of the sticky "bee throw-up" 
(as she calls it) to her little bowl of oatmeal.  
Then Lottie gets stuck.
She doesn't complete the finishing steps of her oatmeal discovery 
because she doesn't know how to use the microwave.  
This is where her big sister (and mentor), Claire comes in.
One day Claire watched this process and saw 
Lottie struggle at the microwave.
So Claire made a key code for Lottie to use then 
stuck the codes on the microwave buttons.
This showed Lottie exactly what button to push and in what order
for delicious oatmeal at the perfect temperature.
It's pretty wonderful as a mother watching my youngest child work through
and figure out something challenging. 
But turns out watching my oldest teach my youngest
how to figure out something challenging and valuable
is amazingly rewarding.
Now I find little bowls of oatmeal all over the house that Lottie 
has prepared- just because she can.