My daughter knocked my socks off tonight.  My heart about burst.  I took her to a story hour at the local library that was geared for 2-4 year old kids.  My daughter is 2 1/2.  Olivia loves to sit and listen to books so she was hanging on every word the librarian read.  One book was about a monster.  It started with a blank page.  When you turned the page eyes appeared.  The next page added a nose.  Then a mouth.  This went on until a full face of a scary monster had formed.  The remainder of the book was about telling the monster to go away.  With each page of doing just that, a different facial feature would disappear until you were eventually left with the blank page you started with.  The librarian got the kids involved by having them yell “Go Away Monster!” with each page.  The premise was to get kids to learn how to tell the things that scare them to go away.  My daughter took it an entirely different way.  The first time everyone yelled “Go Away Monster” she was noticeably aggitated.  By the third time she was crying.  She stood up and started crying and screaming for everyone to stop yelling at the monster.  She said he was sad and scared.  Isn’t that just something.  In my 2 1/2 year old’s mind those who appear to be monsters have feelings and should be treated kindly.  How did I get so lucky for her to see the world this way?  I wish more people understood monsters should be determined by actions and not by appearances.

7 Responses to “Monsters”

  1. Cathy says:

    What a sweet, sweet girl. She’s a testament to her mom and dad. Poor monster!!!!

  2. Karrie says:

    Wow, what an amazing little girl you have!

  3. Tricia says:

    What a wonderful insight from someone so young. She’s already a humanitarian and perhaps the other children and moms took something very important home with them.

  4. Kristin says:

    What a wonderful way to look at the world. You have done a great job with her.

  5. lisa says:

    Tricia, I’m not sure if any of the others learned anything from her reaction, but I sure did. I did notice some people frowning a bit afterwards. Once she reacted that way it did seem awfully mean. Of course, it wasn’t meant to be mean in the least. Just goes to show how different things are from other angles. And it also goes to show how early on we groom kids to react to appearances. I was lamenting about this very thing the other day with some friends.

  6. Jen says:

    I’m in love with your kid. Seriously. What a great story!

  7. mandi says:

    Olivia just knocked my socks off too. You are both very lucky to have one another.