Just when I take for granted that my kids already know how to do things or already understand how the wonders of the world work, I show them something simple–like how yellow and blue make green or we check to see if bubbles freeze–and they are besides themselves with youthful enthusiasm and awe. The same thing happened the other day when I told Em we can paint symmetrical butterflies by folding a piece of paper in half. She looked at me like I was speaking another language and I realized–somewhat gleefully–that she hasn’t done this yet. She doesn’t know how to make symmetrical butterflies. So we did.
The trickiest part was making sure she only painted on half of the paper, and to be sure that the butterfly had a thick enough body. Em is a precise and particular little soul, though, so she was delighted to create the perfect butterfly that would look the same on both sides of the paper. Like magic.
After we made a few butterflies, I asked her what else we could paint that could be the same on both sides of the paper. She immediately said, “A rainbow!” and asked for more colors.
What a fun, simple, lovely way to spend time with my girl.
Leaving the world more beautiful than we found it.