Human Nature

Aitch is enthralled with the movie UP. I think it might be because Carl Fredrickson reminds her of Grampa. The other day we travelled a couple hours in the car and one of the movies we played in the DVD player was UP. Before I go further, let me first tell you that Aitch is very astute when it comes to human nature. It’s fascinating to watch her learn from watching others.

For example, we were at a fast food restaurant. Inside was one of the locals who is well-known for having a mental disorder, most likely tourette’s. We were seated a few booths away from him and he would have occasional loud outbursts. Aitch would watch him intently. In another booth, the same distance away, an elderly couple was seated. Both the single gentleman and the couple made eye-contact with Aitch; both said, “Hi!”

Soon I announced it was time to go. Aitch jumped down from seat and headed in the direction of the elderly couple, which lead to one of the exits. However, we came in through the exit closer to the man. When I said, “This way!” she looked at the man and whimpered and clung and tried to convince me to go, “this way!”, the opposite direction. She knew within the short time we were there that something wasn’t right with him.

Back to the movie. When Aitch was watching it in the car, she start to cry and whimper, visibly shaking. Her hands were in her mouth, so I first assumed the wipe I had used to clean off her face just a few minutes prior may be burning her skin. She began to shriek, and after repeatedly asking what was wrong, she pointed to the movie, just as this scene played (if you don’t want to follow the link, it’s where Carl hits the construction worker over the head with his walker and almost knocks him out). Once the scene closed, she was fine again.

It wasn’t a fluke, either. We were watching it just a while ago, and as we got closer and closer to that same scene, Aitch became clingier and clingier to the point she was up in my lap with her head buried into my shoulder; the whimpering intensifying. She’s just two, but she just knew that something wasn’t right about what was happening. It’s the only scene of the movie she gets visibly upset.

I don’t know if it’s normal, but I do know based on how my son reacted in similar situations that it’s definitely different.

4 thoughts on “Human Nature”

  1. My nephew would run crying every time someone (cartoon or real person) hit someone. He hated it. He was watching an OLD rerun of the 3 Stooges and truly couldn’t understand why his father was laughing. To him, it was scary and wrong. That nephew is now grown and is the most empathetic man you can imagine. He is a wonderful father and really takes peoples feelings into consideration in whatever he does.

    I think I am just trying to say that Aitch will probably win the Nobel Peace Prize someday 🙂

  2. Not that this is in any way the same but it is really interesting what kids can be upset by. Right now Livi is upset and “scared” by red lights. It’s amazing to watch her and see her react to every day things I take for granted. Good luck with the Up thing though!

  3. I agree with a – sounds like she is empathetic and caring. Not that other kids aren’t but I just think they aren’t nearly as much at that age. I always knew she was special. This is her gift.

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