Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Social Grace

Grace is becoming very sociable. Generally she prefers other toddlers to adults, young people to old people, and women to men, but given enough time she will develop interest in just about anybody--as demonstrated in the photo above. It took her nearly a year to become friendly with Grandpa Elliot, but a few strategic peace offerings along the way such as the little wooden desk and chair set and the squeaky red ball helped to grease the social wheels.

At the beginning of this lesson Grace had no idea how this toy worked. At the end of the lesson she did. But she still prefers to just dismantle the plastic tower as fast as she can.

The Muraguchis' hobbies are almost as diverse as their friends. One regular visitor to the House of Hiba has been into Japanese-style hula dancing for about four years now, so when she made her way over from Hokkaido the other week it was hula dancing time for everyone.

We discovered that Grace really likes dressing-up, listening to music and dancing around. (Since this photo was taken, the Muraguchis' youngest daughter sewed a pink floral patterned hula dress for Grace, so more on that in a future post).

Beauty and the Beast

Reading Recipes with Kanako, the Muraguchis' Youngest Daughter
(Grace was very fond of her, but she left last week for a one-year working holiday in New Zealand)

Grace Wasn't too Sure about Her New Haircut
(It makes her look like Martin Luther or a 16th century Jesuit . . . or possibly the little girl in Grave of the Fireflies, but that's too sad to contemplate)

Dinner with Mr. Nioka
Grace always likes to scrutinize our guests very closely from across the table--but nothing gets her attention like a camera . . .

The "Beast" (from the "Beauty and the Beast" photo above) Teases Grace by Offering Her Raw Whale Meat which He Knows Her Parents Won't Allow Her to Eat
. . . with the possible exception of raw whale.

Still Being an Only Child at this Early Date, I'm Afraid that Grace Needs a Little More Training and Instruction in the Social Graces of Playing with Other Kids