They say that little boys are made of snips and snails and puppy dog tails. But the little boy who lives in my home half the time is about fifty-fifty sweetness and curiosity.
Bubs is not quite two years younger than his sister, La-la. In spite of their age difference, they are the same height, wear the same shoe size, and weigh in at only two pounds different. Many people take them for twins.
Though they share biological parents, like other siblings, they have different personalities. Where La-la is outward turning, but inward focused, Bubs is inward turning and outward focused. He has a deeply reflective nature. He cares about others. He remembers things for a long time, and mentions them much later in the future.
Don’t get me wrong, he has his moments. It seems like as soon as we got La-la out of her sassy pants, she passed them on to Bubs. As parents, we have to constantly remind ourselves that we *want them to practice asserting their independence, and expressing their opinions, because those are skills they are going to need in the future.
Bubs is all boy. He is into all things LEGO, superheroes (he hasn’t differentiated between Marvel or DC, yet, but the Black Panther is a current favorite), and anything that shoots Nerf darts. He loves hanging out with his older cousins, and being around all their boyness, more than just about anything.
But the thing that really stands out to me about our Bubba is his curiosity. Make a statement and his typical reply is, “Why?” I know, I know, every kid goes through that “why” phase. We are now in the third year of his “why” phase. He just wants to know the reasons for things.
Sometimes, the “why?” is really “how?” Bubs wants to know how things work, how the world works. He often takes things apart to get at the “how”. Maybe you know someone like this. Maybe you’re married to someone like this, or have a family member like this, or your child is like this. We know that eventually all things battery-operated are going to be dissected — which we don’t mind, when it’s the toys that make annoying noises.
Maybe he’ll be an engineer. Or maybe a scientist. Currently, he wants to be a police officer, a firefighter, and a paramedic. Whatever he turns out to be, with his inquisitive nature and genuinely caring attitude, he will be an amazing one.
Thank you for reading.
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