Thursday

The Scary Sounds

I thought CeCe wasn't scared of anything. She will try to touch a hot stove, tries to ride dogs like they are horses and jumps off the couch simply not caring if you are there to catch her or not.

But we have found her weakness. My one-year-old's version of the Boogie Man is my Bissell.

When I plug in the vacuum she backs away with terror in her eyes, whimpering. She runs to the nearest adult, climbing their legs like a tree to be protected from this clamoring monster.

I've heard this is a common fear among young ones. But what I don't understand is this- CeCe is petrified when it comes to the vacuum. And she loves lawn mowers.

When Dad or neighbors mow the lawn, she wants to be outside, on the edge of the grass, just watching. She will try to get dangerously close to a lawn mower and will not leave until the yard is fully trimmed.

Can someone please explain the difference in these two scenarios to me? Because I am stumped. Appliance that you push, that makes a loud noise as it moves ... One is scary, one is fascinating.

Maybe it's time we buy her a toy vacuum to help overcome this fear, because her tiny plastic lawn mower was a hit:


If only these toys came with some functional ability. We could use some extra help around the yard.


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