This story was inspired by our adorable neighbour Molly. We met Molly when Michael and Ann Sofie moved next door to our townhouse on Bear Mountain. Molly was under two. We quickly became friends with the family. Given that they were new to Canada, and their family was back in Europe, and I was missing teaching the wee ones, our support evolved into periodically babysitting or engaging in fun learning activities. We revelled in our let’s pretend we are grandparents, lol.
We were particularly struck by Molly’s maturity and resilience at such a young age. It was mind blowing to watch her learn two languages. As mentioned in the story, she at her young age ate proficiently with cutlery, exhibited exemplary gross motor skills riding her bike, a scooter plus she could balance on narrow beams, catch a ball and showed exceptional fine motor skills in her detailed drawings. She at a very young age took to colour and design through her fashion choices. She was and still is extremely good-natured. Although resilient and adaptable, Molly is no push over when she is committed to a goal or an idea, she will stand her ground.