The light fantastic

Frances has a wonderful relationship with light — her lifelong fascination has enabled her to distinguish between two closely related shades of a colour seen months apart. (In fact, she couldn’t concentrate on anything other than the fact that the blue playdough at the play centre was slightly lighter than it had been six months earlier, and I remember that her complaints confused the other children in nearby activity centres.)

Since the age of nine months, she has been drawn to light-emitting objects to the degree that she can’t be redirected, from switching lights on and off to finding our hidden flashlights. I know that it will be an especially difficult bedtime if she has discovered something like a flashlight just beforehand. In fact, in so many of our photos she holds a lighted object in her hand!

Her intense interest has helped me to more fully appreciate the properties of light, even though I can’t quite manage the visual games that she plays with luminous sources.

(In the above photo, Frances is interested in a shiny necklace near her glowing robot. She is four years old.)

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