September 9, 2009
For her birthday, Maddy received all kinds of gifts. One friend gave Maddy her second best gift, a bunch of Reeses Peanut Butter cups and M&Ms.
This is her desk more than a week after her birthday:
Kim and I agree, if someone had given US that stuff for a present, it would have been immediately consumed like something on Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. But this is Maddy’s desk a week later.
I once read of a study of kids and their instant gratification reflex. The kid sat at a table, on which there was a marshmallow. The doctor explained that if the kid did NOT eat the marshmallow, he/she would receive an entire bag of marshmallows. And then the doctor would leave the room for five minutes.
They identified three types of kids. First kind would sit very still, never moving until the doctor came back. Second kind would nibble at the edges of the marshmallow, hoping to still get the bag. And the third kind of kid had the marshmallow in his mouth before the doctor was even finished explaining the rules.
I am that third kid. Apparently Maddy is the first kind of kid.
And so, she is also this very happy kid: