Today Thumbelina was working really hard at sitting up. She's 7 months old now, and while she's been almost crawling for the last 6-8 weeks, she has such a long back that it's been a little hard for her to not topple over. :-)
So, this afternoon I was sitting on the floor with Thumbelina and Yogi Bear (just shy of 6) ran over and said "SHE IS DOING SUCH A GREAT JOB!" He took the position opposite to me, behind her and said that he was going to be there just in case she started to fall.
This is why I'm going to have 50 gazillion kids. Even at almost 6 years old, my son can see strength and rejoice in it, but he can readily identify weakness and vulnerability too, and steps right in to offer support. To have that lesson already being learned: to see both strength and weakness and to be so happy, and simultaneously so prepared to protect.. to have that knowledge at almost 6 years old is something I never could have taught Yogi on my own. That's something Thumbelina had to teach him for me.
And that's the reason for this week that I'm going to have 50 gazillion kids.