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Bus Story: Learned Behavior aka The Sponge Effect

August 28, 2010

Sitting in backed up traffic downtown, the bus lurches forward in increments, giving us false hopes with each forward motion as it starts and halts again and again. Sitting to my left is a Harried Mom wrangling three small children. We have a trio of girls, ages from an infant to a 2 year old and the last can’t be more than 3. The oldest is sitting slightly apart, with the most serious expression on her little face. I think she’s either working out Cantor’s Theorem or she has to go potty. The middle sister first tries to give her infant sib a kiss on her cheek, but when the little Bundle of Squirm shifts her head, the attempt lands on her jumper. This causes middle sister to shift dramatically to Uber-Pout and then, when no one notices, she shifts to anger and hits her sister very dramatically, but without any force. Sonewhere in her experience, she believes that her affection ought to be appreciated and when that doesn’t happen, she is allowed to escalate. But she also knows that she really mustn’t hit her baby sister. Damn, people are complicated. And children soak it all up. Spongebob Squarepants is a metaphor, y’all. And cheers to the parents who get it!

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One Comment
  1. Elizabeth permalink

    Agreed indeed! We humans are a funny bunch. But, um, I still don’t get/like Spongebob Squarepants. I guess no cheers for me:0

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