Little Bo Peep

November 05, 2010 By: erik Category: Offspring, Parenting, Photos 176 views

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Remote herdingOne aspect I did not foresee of my child gaining her bipedal mobility, was that she was not the only object in our house that would no longer remain stationary. Scores of inanimate objects move about our house seemingly randomly on a daily basis. Conversations like, “Where’s the television remote?” “Have you checked the bidet?” have become commonplace. Just this morning I had to use Apple’s “Find My iPhone” service to locate my phone. The question is not if an electronic device will end up in the toilet, it’s a matter of which electronic device will get flushed.

A very recent behavior has emerged of hoarding certain objects. I can tell, whenever she’s marching from room to room with that determined look on her face, that some exodus of objects is taking place, be it coasters, pencils, toys, or clothes pins.

Last week when I was mounting our new television on the wall, I took my eye off Nora’s activities for a few minutes. When my parental “It’s too quiet!” neurons fired, I wandered into the kitchen to find that she had herded all the television remotes and one RCA-to-SCART connector into a certain spot on the kitchen floor and was standing guard over them like a shepherd with her walking cane her grandparents bought her.

While I am delighted that this behavior is technically increasing order in the house, it has yet to be order that actually helps the rest of the members of the family in any way.

Little Bo Peep herds her remotes

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  • “it has yet to be order that actually helps the rest of the members of the family in any way”

    Is this confirmed? What’s your source on this? Have you seen Donnie Darko? Has her herding somehow snatched you from the situs of your own demise? I think you’re assuming a lot here.

    And why do I have to look at Richard Dawkins every time I come here to leave a comment? Why is he smirking? Did he fart? Farts are not humor, Richard Dawkins.

  • So funny. Surely this innate desire can be harnessed into something productive like stealing beers from neighbours.

    • I’ve been thinking about this, and, on average, she brushes by about 8 women’s purses each day. Surely with a little training on the most common clasps, she could be a pro pickpocket in no time!