No comb? According to my 2 year old, all you need are plastic forks.

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I imagine my 2-year-old is mimicking me when I comb my hair in the mirror in the mornings. I catch him sometimes out the corner of my eye, his little mind fascinated with my combs and brushes, my hair dryer, my flat-iron, and especially my magnetic rollers (that’s another post waiting to happen). I think he’s just curious about all the different types of crazy foreign things I use on my hair. To a kid, it makes sense enough that all kinds of things could go in your hair right?

Well the other day, I caught him with two plastic forks and a little bit of time on his hands. He seemed content and focused, attempting countless ways to get those plastic forks to stay in his soft curly hair. I watched him play for what seemed to be a long time with those things. Watching him play with those forks was pure entertainment for me and reminded me that once again instead of toys, kids often choose “real” and ordinary stuff around the house to play with. I thought he would eventually get bored, but this kid was determined to get these forks to stay in his hair. I kept watching and had to grab the camera. He really thought he was doing something special with those forks and once they were both affixed to that little head of his, he was very pleased with all his efforts.

So after all that hoopla and play, the trick now was making sure I tossed those forks so no one could accidentally use them to eat with. Now that would be funny, err, umm, I mean, gross!


  1. Cute! There’s nothing cuter than a kid (in 2011) with an imagination! Imagination and resilience are so rare nowadays, and to possess both of them, speaks volumes about the individual your little fellow is on his way to becoming!

    1. Thank you, that is so nice of you to say. I think there’s a lot of truth in what you said (the loss of imaginative space)… But it doesn’t have to be that way and I think that as parents and those who are raising young people, we can play a part in supporting our children’s discoveries. Even when it’s difficult, I think that’s what I try to do…not get in the way and let my kids wonder and discover the world around them. What they often find and what they do with what they find is inspiring.

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