Lately in the mornings she pads through the house still in her pajamas with an iPad in her hands, asking me if she can use it. It’s not really a question though, since she’s already sitting down, turning it on.
She: Can I go on Youtube?
Me: Yes, okay.
I wander away to do other things, and when I return, she’s got earphones on, turning pages, opening and closing browsers. It amazes me how adept she is, since she can’t read anything yet. But she always manages to find what she’s looking for: cooking channels.
I glance over her shoulder now and then to make sure everything she’s watching is clean and kosher. So far, it’s always good.
She watches people build gingerbread houses, and ice cupcakes with all kinds of colourful confections and candied things. She watches some Australian dude make his own playdough out of flour and salt, and knead food dye into it. She watches a lovely Korean lady mix gelatin powders, colours and water, and turn them into gummy candies shaped like stars and dolphins. She watches a blonde woman build a massive three-tiered layer cake. It’s pink.
Sometimes she holds the tablet up for me, like a book, to show me all the fascinating stuff.
She: Look! This flower cupcake? She made these petal parts with gumdrops! Yellow ones. I just love the yellow ones. I think they taste the best.
Me: Wow! They do look good. How does she stick them on?
She: Look. *drags finger on screen to rewind* She dips them in the icing first so they stick. See?
She: And she used marshmallows on this one. It’s a sheep. *sighs* I just love marshmallows.
Me: I know. Hey, why do you like watching this stuff?
She: Because I want to see what the cookers are cooking. So I can know what to do. It’s important to know how to cook.
Me: That’s true!
She: So, I’m learning all about how to do some cooking. On Youtube. Is that a good idea?
Me: I should say so!
She goes from one video to another, completely mesmerized and happy.
And quiet. Which I reckon is never a bad thing.
Do your kids have interests that surprise you?