playing with food

Watching how absorbed Annie becomes if you hand her a crust of bread or a piece of vegetable—gnawing on it, taking it out of her mouth and staring at it, pulling it apart, smearing it on her face, clothes, and surroundings—reminds me of watching predator cubs on nature shows, playing with parts of a carcass Mom dragged home. Just like the little mammal she is, so many of her instincts right now, and so much of her play, is about learning how to eat. She drags everything into her mouth and sucks on it. If it’s something she can taste, and maybe manage to swallow, well. Best thing ever.

If I’d realized this two weeks ago, I could have saved $30 on teething toys.

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