My child is in love with otters. Lately Baby Einstein's Neighborhood Animals has been on high rotation around here. Who knows what it is about the otter that is fascinating him so, but he's been taking more photos of the TV screen (*note new image count: 1,067):"Otters are fun creatures to watch and they are highly intelligent."—from Top Otter Facts, otter-world.com
And he was so adamant that I spell OTTER for him that he spelled it all by himself after I told him that if he did he could have chocolate ice cream.
Last night after I had tucked him and his brother into bed, I heard his little feet scurry across the room. He had pulled a book off the shelf and had torn out the page on Otter Facts. When I went back up to investigate, well...
... he read it to me. He stumbled over "often" and "webbed" and "waterproof." But he read it to me.
This morning he brought me paper and a crayon and said "Mommy draw otter." I looked at him and said "No. John draw otter." And then, even though it was 6:30 a.m., or perhaps because it was 6:30 a.m., I said, "John…Paint otter?"
"Paint?" he said. And so there we sat — did I mention it was 6:30 a.m.? I handed him a brush and paint and water. He caught my gaze, unsure. I told him he could do it and a split second later he began. He painted.
Fact: Otters are pretty darn cute. And intelligent. Not unlike this child.