Friday, September 26, 2008

Perceptions of a 4 year old.


Perception of Space:


Ella's friend Paige lives far away.
The mall is far away.
Bisbee is really, far away.
Grandma's house is REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY far away.
The moon is REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, far away.

Perception of Velocity:


Ella got to ride in Jacobs car (an awesome '91 Plymouth Laser) for the first time yesterday. I think she's the only one who fully appreciates the car.

Ella: Dad, this car is fast!
Jacob: How fast is it? Fast like a jet? Fast like a laser?
Ella: (Thinks for a minute) It's fast like a bike!!!

Perception of Time:

Ella lives within a 3 day span. The past, present, and future each consist of 1 day. Santa just visited yesterday. We are eating lunch today. Tomorrow is her birthday. It makes sense. She can measure a day pretty easily. It starts when she wakes up, and ends when she goes to sleep. Weeks, and months aren't quite so easy to measure, and a lot harder to explain. A year might as well be an eternity, considering she's only lived 4. Things get especially confusing when she mixes up her tenses, but she's starting to get the hang of it.

I'm realizing that perception is a matter of experience, and my daughter's perception of life is pretty wonderful. I think I'm going to try and follow her lead and live more in the present, appreciate the simpler things in life, like bicycles, and put the moon on my list of possible vacation destinations.

4 comments:

The Ensign's said...

Heather-
Hey there. I happened to come across your blog when I was my sister's page. You are sooooo creative with this stuff! You have a talent for this kind of stuff.

I hope you don't mind me checkin in on your blog from time to time.

Andi said...

Super cute!

At our house certain places are known by past experiences. A park by our house is called "Jamison's Park" because she went to a birthday party there two years ago. She'll be devastated when she finds out that's not really the name of the park.

Hope your house is feeling better!

Suzann said...

I miss those days. Every since my kids started school, they do "The Calendar." They remind me what day of the week it is. They grow up too fast!

Oh, and I made your Taco Soup Recipe tonight from that recipe exchange so long ago. Yummy!

Neta said...

Cute post. We measure time by Scooby Doo episodes (30 minutes). We will be to grandmas house in about 2 scooby doo shows.