Thursday, June 18, 2009

Billowing

The other night while Michael was doing the "hide behind the end table" portion of his bedtime stalling routine he dropped Shirt onto one of the air conditioning vents in the living room. It fell in such a way that it started to billow up from the air. He noticed it immediately and wanted to investigate, but his mean mommy insisted that it was bedtime.

When we got home the next day, Michael went right to one of the vents and laid Shirt over the air flow. Sometimes I really love how dedicated and persistent he is. He had clearly been thinking about that all day and couldn't wait to get home and try it out.

He was so methodical in his examination. At first he poked at the billowing shirt to see what would happen. He saw that it would collapse under the pressure. Next, he started to pat Shirt with his flat hand. I watched as he adjusted the pressure he applied to see just how much weight he could put on it before it would start to give out. From his hand, he moved on the laying his head down on it. I think it looked like a pillow to him, so he tried using it that way. He spent a lot of time trying to figure out just how much pressure he could apply before clunking his head into the vent below. Finally he would sit up and poke his hand under the edge of Shirt and watch as Shirt deflated.

He played this way until the A/C would shut off. He would wander away and pick up his dinosaurs and play with them. As soon as the A/C would click back on, he was right back at the vent going through his experiments all over again. I could have watched him for hours playing with Shirt with his brow furrowed and his lip sticking out. What an amazing place this world must be for him. I love watching him discover it.

2 comments:

Stacey said...

I love this image. You should videotape him.

Julie said...

I love it! A budding scientist! Its great to watch these little people try to figure out the world, especially things that we either never notice or take for granted.