Tuesday, August 17, 2010

nature nurture

Since birth, Cal has exhibited extreme collector tendencies. His crib and toddler beds were always filled with most everything he owned - books, toys, stuffed animals, clothes. Somewhere we have a photo of him sleeping with a pile of leaves he'd picked up on a walk. He hates, hates to donate or get rid of anything and not because he's greedy, he's just attached. Instantly, to anything he has any connection to. I am quite the opposite - Alexi regularly tells me not to touch or remove certain items because he knows if he doesn't, the thing in question will be gone before he returns home from work. I don't know where Cal gets it but I suppose it's just his nature.

10 comments:

Jess said...

This is exactly how my daughter's bed looks.
She can barely fit herself in between the stuffed friends.
In this case, I know that she gets it from me.
Your photos are magnificent.

Francesca said...

Those are magic photos, and that would have been my bed as a child, had my mom allowed it. She didn't, so now my whole house looks like Cal's bed:)

Anonymous said...

What a darling!!!

Cate said...

so cute! you totally captured his personality here, lecia. what a sweet mama you are.

and yes, it seems to be innate. i never enjoyed collecting, but my younger brother was completely obsessed with it. both my kids are collectors. animals, baby dolls, rocks, sticks, dirt.

tara thayer said...

these photos of him are so gorgeous, lecia.
and yes, we always say that we could see their personalities right from the beginning.

KPiep said...

What a very sweet boy!

Jessica said...

I was just like Cal as a child...though as an adult I've swung the other way!

Heather said...

I love that he is so surrounded by all of those animals. I grew out of something similar as well, but it was a pretty big part of childhood

John said...

So sweet! My boys are not into collecting at all! Cal's bed, so not them, although mine looked just like it when I was little. Now I am the opposite, and hear my husband say the same things your husband does! Great photographs!

Nicola (Which Name?) said...

Your Cal and my Lala are a lot alike in this regard and you and I are a lot alike in this regard. Lala remembers things, too, that she once had and no longer does.
I like your description about him not being greedy, just attached. This is the same for Lala, but I had never mentally made that distinction before. I appreciate your putting it in my head that way!
Nicola