As you already know, I think that John gets much of his personality from me. His mind seems to work much like mine, though it presents itself in different ways. As I would think it would since he is a different person, and a male person at that.
As John approaches his second birthday (and I will write a more John detailed post next week on his actual birthday), I am beginning to see his little personality develop at a rapid pace. And his tendency toward obsession is obvious.
For example, he loves to line things up. His trains, his stuffed animals, any other objects that could be categorized into the same group (he is very aware if two things shouldn't be grouped together, and will quickly correct me if I try to quickly clean up by mixing things together in baskets--he wants things categorized!!) In fact, his newest "activity," is to line his and Ada's stuffed animals and dolls onto the ledge of the tv cabinet, then he names each one of the animals, and then he takes them down again and starts over.
Some more examples of his obsession?
Today, he walked out on to the front porch, and all of the blocks were out on the ground. He said, very dramatically, "uh-oh!!" and he immediately started picking them up. I bent down to help him, and he said in a panicked voice, "no!" and pushed my hand away. So, I left him alone with it, and he kept picking them up.
I just pray for him and his character and the man that he will be. God made him just like this on purpose. Very much on purpose. And I pray for wisdom in knowing how to guide and direct him so that his weak areas are strengthened, and I pray that I would not discipline away the areas that are good things, strong things, but different than, perhaps, I want them to look. If that makes sense at all...
In the mean time, as I was typing this, my little guy woke up from his nap, so I better go and get going with our "afternoon things..."