As this blog was born to record all my little boy’s magic memories, I must then take a moment to make testimony to his latest (and lasting!) obsession with the most feared creatures of our time: dinosaurs!
Initially I suspected this was just another passing phase (he is prone to them, a bit fickle like his Mummy when it comes to fads!) but this craze continues to keep him enthralled and enlightened – and us amazed. Now the shock has spread to his day-care teachers, after a science day at school on Thursday.
Apparently my little palaeontologist in the making blew them all away when he proceeded to reel off the names of various dinosaurs on display – so much so that I had four different teachers go out of their way individually to tell me how astonished they were by it!
Perhaps it has something to do with the fact we have recorded about a dozen different episodes of his new favourite show, “Dino Dan” which seems to be on high rotation on the DVD hard drive. Any chance he gets, he is asking for it to be played (I think I can recite the scenes myself by rote now…) and he will then sit and stare, absolutely entranced for the entire ten minutes its on. So far he can identify the T Rex (complete with growling roar each time he utters this one’s name and always labelled “scary”); the Stegosaurus (sometimes called Steggy for short); Triceratops; Brachiosaurus; Spinosaurus; and my personal favourite I hear him say – the Euoplocephalus (well, he pronounces Euocopolus, and thats good enough for me!). Yes, not quite two years old and already more knowledgeable than his Mummy when it comes to these ancient, and thankfully extinct creatures!
As fixated as Harrison is on the subject, I somehow I don’t think he is ready to take in a viewing of any of the Jurassic Park trilogy just yet – hell I was scared witless even as a teenager watching it (though it might have had something to do with my Sister’s high-school boyfriend deciding to growl in my ear at every hair raising opportunity!). I’d imagine it would both put an end to his obsession and cause nightmares under the cloak of darkness that would equate to no sleep for anyone!
So as far as childhood infatuations go, there could be worse, I am sure, and anything that helps knowledge blossom in his ever expanding brain I am eager to encourage. Personally, I am hoping it does take him on some wild adventures down the track – I’ve always quite fancied seeing some of the prehistoric wonders of the world so would be willing to volunteer as his baggage handler! We could have the next Indiana Jones on our hands – or at the other end of the fictional celebrity spectrum, the new Ross Geller of Friends fame… Let’s hope he leans more towards the first option as poor Ross was a bit ridiculed for his passion while Indiana was the epitome of swagger and cool…