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Obsession, For Toddlers

by verdemama on May 7, 2010

Welcome to my new office. It’s great; it has air conditioning, tons of windows and a decent stereo. It’s where I’m spending several hours a day lately. The location? Out in the driveway in my Honda.

Orion is wild about playing the car. He can’t get enough of it. It’s the first thing he wants to do in the morning, even before breakfast and changing out of his PJs. Our usual morning ritual of going to the park has unofficially been put on hiatus, because we never make it past the car. When I try to get him to leave his four-wheeled playground, he starts screaming and thrashing about like an ensnared wildebeest. I’ve decided to just go with it, and allow him to fiddle with the dials and buttons, readjust (and smear up) my mirrors, turn on all the lights and put the key in the ignition and start the car a hundred times over. Fortunately I can still connect to my home’s Wi-Fi out there so as long as I bring my computer, I can endure Orion’s new hobby without being bored out of my gourd.

I’m still getting used to this new Orion—the one that has definitive interests, the one that fixates on things like buttons, switches, wheels and lights. Obsession is his new and all-consuming personality trait. When he finds something that intrigues him, he’ll literally do it over and over again, for hours. This week it’s the car, but next week it could be something totally different.

Should I be worried? Or is it just that he’s changing into a toddler? (No, seriously. Is this normal?) He’s no longer the little warm lump of love that once loved nothing more than sitting on my lap and cuddling all day. No, this new guy is independent (sorta sometimes) and knows what he likes, and, more importantly, knows what he doesn’t like—and won’t hesitate to tell me.

Life is changing. Orion is changing, whether or not I’m ready for it. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next.

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