"'Curiouser and curiouser!' cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English)"
I am reminded of this line from Alice in Wonderland (by Lewis Carroll) every time I think of Sketch these days. He never was the kind of kid to get into everything... that is, until now. This week has been filled to the brim with adventure for him!
Dash & Princess Buttercup, on the other hand, were notorious for this curious behavior. I had to watch them like a hawk when they were little. Dash would climb anything to get something that caught his eye, including his twin sister! Dash would put anything and everything in his mouth, including door knobs and hinges and any dead bugs or old food that didn't get vacuumed up immediately. The twins were sensory-seekers to the highest degree!
But Sketch, not so much. He never went through that phase. He never put anything AT ALL in his mouth (well, except for his beautifully knitted blue blankey, that he pretty much ate up). It turns out that that is an important stage in the development of children, as it strengthens oral motor skills for eating and speaking. To this day, Sketch hardly eats anything. His diet is limited by his food allergies, but he self-limits himself to specific crackers, cereal, chips and yogurt (only french vanilla!). Rarely, he'll have a little oatmeal. Sometimes apple slices. That's it! No exploration through the mouth!
Except for yesterday, when he took one of his picture symbols that is laminated, and peeled off the plastic cover. Next thing I know, he is leaning over in his car seat looking like he is going to empty the contents of his stomach all over the car. He took his hand, put it deeply in his mouth, and pulled out that clear plastic he put in there while I was driving. He nearly choked and I had no idea!
Sketch is becoming curious in other areas as well. He shares a room with his sister, and there is a long gate that separates their room so Sketch won't go jumping on Princess Buttercups bed while she is sleeping. Sketch is now 5 and 1/2 years old, and never once tried to open the gate. He was fully capable of doing it, but he just never tried.
Until Sunday when he just decided to let himself out and explore the house while we were all still sleeping. Well, the Princess wasn't sleeping. She was very upset about the whole event and started crying, which woke us up.
Although we were a bit concerned about what could happen with this new found ability of his, we were also so proud of him because he took the initiative and tried it. He was curious enough to actually do it.
I guess he is getting a bit bored of his usual activity of lining up our dirty laundry through any clear path we may be fortunate to have in our house.
There were many more events this week that show how curious Sketch is becoming. He snuck in his sisters "nook", which is off limits to the boys, and giggled! He watched me pour water into the filter Brita filter like it was the most interesting thing he ever saw (I guess he never noticed that before?). He has been getting out of bed after being tucked in, opening the gate and coming down stairs, giggling and incredibly proud of himself. And yesterday, he opened an emergency exit door at Chuck E. Cheese and set off the alarm.
And speaking of alarms... the big news of this curious week was took place on Sunday, at church. Sketch decided to "lift and pull" the fire alarm in their Sunday School class. The entire church had to be evacuated until the firemen came to turn off the alarm! That was quite the event. Whether he was curious about what would happen if he lifted and pulled, or whether is was simply following the directions posted on the alarm, we may never know. But... it just goes to show, he is becoming "curiouser and curiouser".
And we just love it.
It means he is trying new things, and the more he tries the more he'll learn. The more he'll learn things aren't as scary as they seem sometimes, and that new things can become wonderful fun things.
God loves new things. He is in the business of doing new things, making us new creations...growing us.
Isaiah 43:19 says, "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."
I just imagine Him watching us explore the new things He is doing. I imagine He is very excited when we step out into the streams he's placed by us, curious about what it may bring, what we may learn about Him or what may happen if we dip our toe into it--will it be freezing cold or refreshingly comfortable?
Like Sketch getting curiouser and curiouser about the things around Him, I want to get curiouser and curiouser about God and what He's placed around me.
Sometimes new things are outside our comfort zone. Like Sketch, we can be a bit hesitant to try some of the new things He has in store for us. But, just as I know that new things are good for Sketch, in many ways, I also know that the new things God gives us and opportunities He brings our way are also things He knows are good for us. They help us to grow and to bring us pleasure , and also to reveal to others a little of who He is.
In my last post, I wrote about how Sketch hates the rain. He now has some froggy rain boots and an froggy umbrella to help him stay dry, and he has been playing with them in the house. Today is supposed to be a rainy day...I wonder if he'll be curious enough to try them out in the rain?