“L” loves animals. “K” is the princess. When it came time to choose the character you would like to be in this year’s Christmas show at preschool, “L” chose to be a reindeer. “K” chose to be the snow princess. Brown tights and turtleneck. White tights and turtleneck. I could have guessed it with 99.9% confidence (gotta leave .1% for the capriciousness of a preschooler). Now, it’s not to say that “L” doesn’t enjoy playing princess or that “K” doesn’t like her stuffed animals, paritcularly her little pink lamb. It’s just that given the choice, their true selves comes out.
Ok, so I expected the girls to hit a princess phase around 3yo…and “K” did. But I really think that “L” indulged in such play only because of her sister. But I did not expect “L” to be so intense about her animals as she has been since before the day “K” decided she was a princess. While “K” diligently constructs her Lego train tracks, “L” is gathering all her Lego animals for a meeting…next to the train tracks. When “K” is done, “L” loads up her animals for a ride around the track.
“L” is left-handed, “K” is right-handed. “L”‘s imagination has no bounds. She is filled with stories of multi-colored bears, her imaginary horse friend named Mikayla, and her unending, constantly changing list of names for her animals. “K” knows her numbers and letters stone cold, has yet to meet a puzzle she doesn’t want to try and particularly enjoys having Pappa and me help her spell words so she can write letters to her grandparents and friends.
I see left brain vs. right brain. I see creative vs. technical. As they grow older, I only hope I continue to understand their differences and nurture their unique talents and interests.
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