Wednesday, 23 December 2009
The Serious Business of Play
Alex, meanwhile, is settling down to some serious play. When you're teeny-tiny, play is pretty damn important. How else do you learn about the world and how it works? Can you eat your own hand? Only one way to find out! How about standing up? Can that be done with one leg bent? No, but it does result in Daddy pulling a funny face and catching me as I plummet Earthwards. Interesting. Will this duck ever sink? Just what is that thing between my eyes, and why does it go "beep" when it gets poked? Or is that Dad being silly again?
All of this is tremendously amusing for Nic and me, but not quite so funny for Alex. Some things do amuse him; the nose beeping for one. Others require absolute seriousness and concentration. It's strange as an adult to watch someone jumping up and down (with assistance, obviously) with a look of absolute concentration on their face. He's obviously contented (he'd be crying if he wasn't), but he doesn't look happy as such. It's more the face of someone concentrating on a particularly difficult but satisfying structural engineering problem. Enjoyable, but not amusing.