My son has always been interested in shadows. He always notices his own shadow and the shadows of other objects. On Saturday night, after his bath, he ran over to his bed and began jumping on it. Then, he noticed his shadow. He jumped and danced for his shadow when he noticed that there were two of them! One shadow on one wall and another on the other wall. He held two fingers up while he jumped and danced in excitement. How cool is that for a 3 year old? I mean, I thought it was so cool and I’m 31!
I was so excited about this experience that I decided to provoke Dylan with something extra. I brought in a slinky. A slinky’s shadow would be spectacular, wouldn’t it? I gave it to my son and he looked at me and smiled. Then, he held it in front of the wall to see if a slinky could have a shadow. It did. He moved it around, jumping along with it, making the slinky dance around. It was wonderful to watch.
If you think about it, shadows are magical. They can appear at any time of the day and, to a child, it is usually an unexpected surprise. Then, once the shadow reveals itself, one is left with many questions. Where did this shadow come from? Why can it change size? Why are some shadows dark while others are light? How is it able to follow my movements? Saturday’s experience made me think of Peter Pan. Wouldn’t it be amazing if your shadow suddenly had it’s own ideas? I wish!