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  • Dear Pierson,

    Today we are driving up to the mountains from Denver to go play in the snow. Mama, Dada, Uncle Kevin, Oma, Papa and Aunt Kiki are with you. I took this picture of you and Dada when we stopped for lunch. You are sharing your Cheerios with Dada. I think it's kind of beautiful that one of the first things a baby can learn, right after how to put food in his own mouth, is how to share it with others.

    I can see, from the look in your serious little eyes, that part of the fun is finding out that the action of sharing is possible. For you, it's not about how many Cheerios you end up with after putting some in Dada's mouth. It's just fun to put them there. Maybe you are pretending you are the Dada and he is the baby. Either way, I love that you are generous simply because it is possible.

    But here's what it sounds like sometimes when grown-ups think about sharing:

    Hey... I'm not even in charge of this resource. As far as I know, Cheerios magically appear out of Mama's purse. And sometimes I have to work really hard to get them. You never really know how many are in there. Maybe it's a continuous Cheerio hose... or maybe there are only five left. And wait, when is the next time more will appear? Can I really afford to share my Cheerios? And do you really deserve them? What if I need these Cheerios later? What will be the return on my investment in sharing? Will anyone share with me?

    Yes, sometimes when we grow up, we forget how to share. But I think if you practice a lot when you are small, like you are doing right now, you won't forget. It's a good thing we have babies to remind us of these important things.

    You are one amazing little man.
    hugs and kisses,
    Aunt Kiki
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