Me: “Tekoa, I have two strawberries left. Which one would you like?”
Tekoa: “Hmm…which one is bigger?”
I smiled. Tekoa and I were sharing a snack while on our recent vacation, and while I would not expect such a straightforward response from anyone other than my four-year-old daughter, it is generally what anyone in Tekoa’s position might be thinking. As she grows, her thought process will be more complicated and strictly internal: Which one is bigger? Is my mom hungrier than I am? Does she want the bigger strawberry? What does it mean if I take the bigger one? Will I look greedy? Selfish? What if I save the bigger one for her…she would like that? But at four years old, issues of strawberries are pretty cut and dry. I love them. I’d like a lot of them. Simple.