Emma is similar to her mom in many ways. They both enjoy calling me poo-poo. They can both be very understanding and open-minded.* And they are both detail oriented in their own specific ways.
Although Emma can make our house look like a state of emergency (No need to call FEMA; Lisa and I would clean it up faster.), she also has this peculiar trait of lining things up in a row. She will do it with practically anything: crayons, dolls, dominoes , convicts, road kill, etc.
I suppose there is a simple pleasure in being able to create a row of things. The repetitive rhythm and the motor skills necessary to do this is probably something that instills a sense of accomplishment and self-satisfaction in the development of children. Or they're just bored and don't know what else to do with their time.
As Lisa and I were watching television tonight, Lisa noticed this new work of art that Emma created. Emma took a sheet of stickers and created a nice line of sea creatures:
Notice how neatly Emma placed the stickers creating a superb line of sticker art. It's quite impressive to see your kids maturing from these little boob-fed blobs into these little people.
But what's even more impressive is if you uncrop the picture to see the full-length version of Emma's sticker art...
SHE PUT LIKE A HUNDRED F*^&ING STICKERS ALL OVER OUR DAMN DESK! How did this happen? This must've taken Emma forever to do! What was Crazy Grandma and Lazy Grandpa doing? Were they watching Avatar back to back to back to back (...and by Avatar, I mean The Hurt Locker...)?
And how the hell did she get the stickers to the top of the desk hutch? Emma's only 31" tall. Did she disassemble the hutch, place it on the floor, put the stickers on, and then return the hutch back on the desk? Or more likely, she probably used this scaffolding that I found in her crib to reach the top of the desk:
Lisa and I started to take the stickers off the desk, but thought it would be a better idea to wait until the morning to teach a lesson. At first we thought we would make Emma take off all the stickers and then lecture her how stickers should not go on furniture. But then we realized the better thing to do is to give Crazy Grandma and Lazy Grandpa a couple of spatulas and a bottle of Goo Gone. Good luck!
*What I meant to say is that they're both stubborn and defensive. Shhh...