Exciting and scary

I recently read that, for toddlers, what causes great excitement can also cause fear. This fits Charlie perfectly.

He loves animals—reading about them, talking about them, singing about them—but if he gets too close to one that is moving on its own, unexpectedly, he shies away.

He is fascinated by large puppet creatures, like big mascots you see at parades. When we went to the chocolate show in early November, one of my favorite traditions, he saw a man in a monkey costume (who was advertising peanut butter chocolate) and couldn’t talk about anything else.

Monkey, monkey, monkey. It’s over there, he’d say. But the minute he got within five feet of the guy, Charlie was terrified. He didn’t want to get too close, but he also couldn’t stay away.

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