Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Slither

Calder has learned to slither, and very shortly life will change forever. Slithering is the last step before crawling, which is soon followed by walking and pushing breakable items off shelves. Slithering, though much slower than crawling, can be deceiving. Let’s say, for instance, that I have left a very sharp carving knife on the living room floor, across the room from Calder. He sees the knife, and I see that he has seen the knife, but I say, hey, it’s across the room so I go back to ignoring him. Suddenly he is upon the knife and, like every other object he encounters, is preparing to shove it in his mouth. Also, slithering, while slow, is a deliberate and sneaky way to travel, since all progress is made under furniture. One positive of this means of locomotion, is his ability to discover arrant Cheerios that are sprinkled about the room. Who needs a dog?

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