Children are, on the whole, quite mysterious little creatures. For example, when Bean goes around proclaiming "see-pol" in quite a loud voice, who knows what he is talking about?
Today, Curly tied her shirt to her chair during lunch, but offered no explanation for doing so. Was she a dragon held captive? Might she fly away at any moment if not tied down?
Little Mister, I am quite certain, is going to grow up to be some sort of academic or laboratory scientist. He'll sit all day making brilliant experiments, but will be incapable of finding or wearing clean underwear, or remembering to untuck the legs of his pants from his socks when he puts them on.
Princess Abi, with her limited English presents even greater mysteries. How can she be a bright, happy, brilliant little girl one day, and the next (today) spend and entire morning snuggled on my chest like a newborn? What little synapses are forming inside her brain as she listens to my heartbeat for hours on end?
Some of these mysteries get solved. We finally figured out that "see-pol" means SWIMMING POOL, and Mister joyfully reported that today, he remembered to untuck his socks without even being reminded! Score one for the absent-minded professor!
Some mysteries may never be solved. Abi may always have a need to retreat into the safety of her turtle shell at times when life just gets to be too much. It's okay. Sometimes a morning of snuggles can be just what a Mommy needs too.