The Genius and the Tree

You’d think that the most amazing thing I saw today was the “Father of the Forest” at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. With a circumference of 66 feet, its base was an optical illusion. Real? Not real? It’s hard to imagine that this Herculean tree beast has been around for thousands of years, existing in a single, solitary space and growing every day. But no, this was not the most amazing thing I saw today.

Here is the most amazing thing I saw.

After I read Elias “One Fish, Two Fish…” and kissed him good night, he was uncharacteristically quiet. I assumed, or hoped rather, that he had quickly fallen into a deep sleep. Au contraire!

When I peeked into his room he was on his bed with several of his books in front of him. He was taking each hardback and methodically arranging them to create different geometric patterns. First was a gradual step where one book jutted out a bit further from the last. Next he lined up each book so that the bases created a straight line in front of him. Finally, he matched corners creating a symmetric snowflake design that engulfed him.

As a proud mother I called Alex inside to check out our son’s genius. Alex brought me down to earth. “All two year olds play like that,” he said. Really? I’m not too sure.

Me and Xavey, Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Happy boy
Alex in a burned out redwood

3 thoughts on “The Genius and the Tree”

  1. The sound of Xavey laughing is infectious! Brightened our day. He is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute! Especially loved the pics from this post. Can’t wait to see you guys soon.

  2. Alex is wrong. Two year olds don’t normally do that activety. Elias is a genius.
    the opion of an unbiased grandma.

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