I never thought of N as being a climber.
Certainly not when comparing him to his cousins. Three of the boys, and our niece are all great climbers and always have been. I will never forget going on a bike ride down to see their mum, and finding the two oldest boys sitting on the top of a (very high) excavator cab. It always astounded me to see how high up a flimsy looking tree at the farm that the niece can shin to almost the top of.
N does like climbing onto and sitting or lying on the kitchen table. Mostly it’s because he’s involved in whatever crafts or drawing he’s doing but it drives us mad that he’ll creep onto there.
He’s also started climbing to sit on the back of the sofa and chairs. I’m not sure why because it can’t be comfortable, but he loves being up higher.
But it seems I do have a climber after all. This week once day after nursery, N wanted to go and find his dad on the farm. He wasn’t around, but N likes to stand on the fence and ask questions about what he can see. The next thing I knew he was telling me he could climb over the fence, and had done so.
Then it was time for a quick go on the swing. N’s still not making any effort to try and swing a swing on his own, but our farm swing is a little skew whiff anyway, making it a bit harder.
I thought we’d next be heading back to the house, but no. Next thing I know, N tells me
‘Daddy puts me in the tree. Can you?’
‘No, he’s stronger than me. If you want to get in the tree, you’ll need to climb it’.
I didn’t really think he would but after he stood at the bottom looking befuddled about how he’d get to the branches, I did suggest using the fence next to it.
That worked, he was up like a shot, and sat there looking pleased with himself.
Until of course, he wanted to get down. He’d not thought of that, and the route he climbed up by looked impossible for him to get down by. So I had to rescue him, and hopefully any further episodes climbing trees, will be when someone else is around.
I can only imagine the number of bruises on his legs will be increasing in future as he gets more adventurous.
Do you have climbers?