Monday, May 10, 2010

Baha'i Dad Chronicles: 19 Months

"If a child be trained from his infancy, he will, through the loving care of the Holy Gardener, drink in the crystal waters of the spirit and of knowledge, like a young tree amid the rilling brooks. And certainly he will gather to himself the bright rays of the Sun of Truth, and through its light and heat will grow ever fresh and fair in the garden of life."
(Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 129)

Douglass Ali has reached 19 months. It's funny now to see him with newborns or even kids a couple of months younger than him. He looks like a giant next to them.

He continues to grow rapidly and learn new things. He also seems to have an emerging personality. His Douglass Ali-ness is really coming out as a unique little human being. One thing he does is a silly walk that would make those Monty Python guys proud.

His imitating of adults around him has gotten quite sophisticated. Pretty much anything you do he will attempt to do, or at least a toddler version of it. For example, he likes to sit in the front seat of the car and pretend that he is driving it (parked of course). "Beep-beep" he says trying to push the horn and turning the steering wheel. By the way, any vehicle with a motor is a "beep-beep" including an airplane if he hears one flying overhead. This is similar to how anything walking on four legs is a "wuff-wuff". This included a squirrel that we saw at a park in Cambridge a couple of weeks ago. He seemed to be trying to figure out how/why this particular "wuff-wuff" went up in a tree, something he had not seen before. I try to imagine what it must be like for him to make sense of things that I take for granted like squirrels.

It's also been fun to watch him interact more with other children. We went to a park recently and he made a couple of older friends. One older girl in particular had him following her around trying to do whatever she did. This lead to a couple of hair-raising moments for his dad as Douglass Ali tried to take on some tasks that were for bigger kids. Luckily no one got hurt and dad did not have a heart attack. Douglass Ali plays hard and has numerous bruises and scratches to attest to this. He really is not a baby anymore which I find bittersweet to accept.

More to come next month.