Elijah is toying around with a mirror. He sees himself as he is. But we don’t know whether he knows it’s his own reflection or wether he believes the image in the mirror is a magical friend. He can’t tell us. He doesn’t yet talk. Except with Grandpa on Views from the Edge.
Grandpa, look in my mirror! You’ll see me!
Wow, Elijah, that’s so cool that you can see yourself. But if I look in your mirror I won’t see you. I’ll see me.
Uh, uh! It’s MY mirror! I’m the only one who shows up in my mirror. I’ve never seen anyone else show up in my mirror.
I understand. Mirrors are like that. People who look in a mirror see only themselves.
Yeah, I’m adorable! Everybody says I’m cute!
You are, Elijah. You are. And we’re not making it up. We all think you’re adorable. You make people smile.
Yeah, I’m exceptional, Grandpa! Some people don’t make others smile. They make people sad. Or mad!
I know. But you’re not exceptional. Some people who think they’re exceptional start tweeting early in the morning before they look in the mirror. I think they’re not very happy and they make lots of other people unhappy, too.
Yeah, not like you and me, Grandpa!
Well, it’s not quite that simple, Elijah. Grandpa’s had days when he had a hard time looking in the mirror. I’ve cut myself shaving! I didn’t like what I saw after I’d made other people unhappy. Someday you’ll look in the mirror and be sorry for something you’ve done.
Uh uh! It’s MY mirror! I get to see me just the way I am. Yesterday Grandma said I could be president!
- Grandpa Gordon with Elijah, Chaska, MN, March 18, 2018.