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That's my girl!

How many two year olds read "Goodnight Moon," point at the fireplace and say "hot!"?

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galingale
Feb. 1st, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
She's a genius...a genius I say!
golden_meliades
Feb. 1st, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
Actually, Maddie always had a thing for 'hot' too. Anything that she thought might be hot was pointed to with an alarm of 'hot! hot!'. I never read her anything so I don't know if she did it with illustrations of fire, but it seems like something she'd have done.
kls_eloise
Feb. 1st, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
In our case, it comes from the woodstove. We've been telling her incessantly that she should stay back when we're adding wood because it is hot. She obviously made the connection, because when we had a fire in the fireplace, she was quite anxious to tell everyone "hot." Now she recognized the picture.

It's fun watching her make connections, and if it keeps her from touching the burn hazard in the middle of the kitchen - I'm all for it!
golden_meliades
Feb. 1st, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
My aunt Nancy, when she was 5, happened to grab the handle of a pot of jam cooking on the stove when my dad was young. She pulled it off and spilled boiling jam all over herself. She had 3rd degree burns all over her head and down her back and arm and was in the hospital for quite a while.

So 'hot' is something that was made a fairly big deal, with Maddie...she's never been allowed to so much as THINK of touching anything on the stove, and I guess the fuss that was made over it really sank in. She actually won't even touch things that are merely 'warm', heh. She wouldn't try the hot tub until it was so pathetically lukewarm that I couldn't bear to get in it any more. And now she always yells !HOT! at anyone who is about to go anywhere NEAR anything warmer than the air coming out of a hair drier on low, lol.
kls_eloise
Feb. 1st, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness - that would do it! It will hold her until she's old enough to be able to judge for herself.
golden_meliades
Feb. 1st, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
I don't know if anyone ever told her about what happened to Nancy in any strong way or not...I haven't heard them do so. It's just that my dad and his sister (who is Maddie's mom, of course) are naturally paranoid about something similar happening to Maddie. Nancy was a sharp kid when she was very small, but after that accident she changed. She's...slow. It's a bit hard to describe. Kind of like someone who is just very slightly mentally retarded, or whatever the PC term for literal reduced mental function is these days. And she's still covered in huge scars, like melted plastic all down the side of her head and shoulder and arm and so on. So it's not something anyone forgets.

Maddie is kind of reckless. She runs around in very tight spaces even when she's told not to, she runs into things and knocks them over, trips over them, etc etc. She's just kind of clutsy and/or thoughtless about things...so it was kind of necessary to be REALLY FIRM about the fire/stove kind of issues. If she trips and falls and gets scraped or bruised, no biggie, but a severe burn can change your whole life forever (not in a good way!), as we well know. So I think it's just as well that she's now super-cautious of anything she thinks will be hot. She's the kind of kid who would end up learning the hard way, otherwise.
hugh_mannity
Feb. 1st, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
Smart cookie is smart!
kls_eloise
Feb. 1st, 2011 03:43 am (UTC)
Thank goodness. I'd be really, really sad if I couldn't have the woodstove burning to keep my floors warm.
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