21 January 2008

Baby foxes

One of Ella's monologues in the car on the way home from daycare today was:

Ella - When I was a baby, you saw a fox, but I was not scared because I couldn't see it, because I was a baby and I sleeped and I cried and I sleeped in a bag...
Me - A sleeping bag. [I could just see her go around telling people I made her sleep in a plastic shopping bag when she was a baby]
Ella - And I sleeped in a sleeping bag and I sleep with my dummy and I was sad because I couldn't swim then.

The fox... I once told her that there are foxes at the lake but that I last saw one when she was only a baby. She came up with all sorts of questions and statements about her interaction with the fox and I've had to explain numerous times since then that she couldn't have been scared of the fox because she couldn't have seen it, etc... But she is utterly fascinated by this story for some reason.

Which is interesting to me because I very vaguely remember a slight obsession with foxes when I was very little. I once thought I saw one run up the stairs in our house. I must have been about 3 or 4. And my favourite book at that age was about a fox.

The only book I've read Ella that has a fox in it is The Gruffalo. Since then she looks out for foxes 'in the woods' and is somewhat scared and attracted to them at the same time.

Apart from her interest in foxes, she is currently extremely fascinated by stories of when she was a baby. So the combination of her two favourite topics makes for a story she never tires of.


Anonymous said...

Hi Lin, ever heard of totem animals? They are animals that we have a certain affinity with and some say they are with us throughout our lives to teach us something, each animal having it's own "wisdoms" to impart. The following info I copied from another site:

Foxes mean different things to different cultures throughout the world: the Chinese believed they could take human form, in Egypt the fox brought favor from the gods, there was a fox god in Peru,
foxes help the dead get to the next life in Persia. Cherokees, Hopi other American Indian tribes
believed in its healing power;
the Apache credited the fox with giving man fire.

Since the fox lives "between times" on the edge of land, visible as dusk and dawn, he can guide the way to the Faerie Realm.

A fox can teach you to control your aura so that you can be more in harmony with others and the world.

If you have a fox totem, learning to be invisible is very important in your life. Imagine yourself blending in with your surroundings, becoming part of the background. Be very still and quiet. Through practice you can be unnoticed even at a party or in a crowd.

A fox totem also teaches good eating habits; the fox eats small amounts frequently which medicine is now telling us is better for our health. But fox people already knew this.

I thought this last bit was interesting considering your recent story about Ella's eating habits!

Lin said...

Thanks for that, really interesting.

Learning to be invisible would be the hardest thing to learn for Ella! She stands out and she loves mingling.