Do You See What I See?

Clara and I were playing in the office one morning when something caught my eye out the window.

Don’t see it? Let’s get a bit closer.

In case you still don’t see it… or see all of it (since it took me staring in real life for a few minutes), here’s what was lounging out in the woods beside our house.

We’re not strangers to deer around here (as anyone who has followed our Instagram feed lately knows) and we’re so accustomed to them we no longer break out the camera at every sighting… but there was just something about watching them completely relaxed – sleeping even! – that was fascinating to me. And to see 8 of them at once was pretty cool too… although I did see a herd of 16 grazing next door the other day. If only they had been standing close enough together for me to capture them all in one photo.

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Q: What’s Big, Fuzzy & Strange Looking?

A: It doesn’t matter, but Clara’s gonna want to pose with it.

Generally I would describe Clara as “kinda shy” when it comes to interacting with new people. She’s pretty quick to warm up and become her normal talkative self, but if you’re a new-to-her person, expect to get iced out for a few minutes while she gives you “the look.”

But apparently if you want to skip all of that, you just need to don a big furry costume. Doesn’t seem to matter what you are (can you name either of the characters pictured here? I couldn’t!) but for some reason it gets Clara all sorts of excited.

“Look, Daddy – a big funny green guy!!!”

I would expect this level of excitement if she were meeting characters she knows – Mickey, Snoopy, Elmo – but nope, she’s not discriminating when it comes to costumed characters. And yes, this is just about the only time we can get her to stand still and smile for a photo too.

Is Clara the only child who does this? I remember being somewhat nervous around these looming, stone faced characters as a kid (all the more reason I’m surprised by her all-in reaction). The girl does like giant bugs, so maybe she’s just fearless when it comes to large creatures – real or not.

Oh, and for the record, we learned the first character is Vie from a local healthy/active kids’ initiative. The second represents Virginia’s 529 college savings plan, and the third is from Dogtopia, as his tag suggests.

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