Sunday, December 14, 2008

Inherited Habits

When I was in college, a friend pointed out a habit I had never noticed. I like to wrap soft fabric around my fingers. So if I’m near a blanket, wearing a scarf, or a drapey dress, I’ll often catch myself with my fingers intertwined among the hem. I’ll even admit that under the nice crisp duvet on our bed lies a blanket more than two decades old (possibly three!), worn and battered, but with the softest, calming material. I still sometimes fall asleep holding the edge.

Buster has clearly inherited that habit. He absolutely must be fingering Blankie, a burp cloth, or of nothing else is near, he’ll commandeer my sleeve. As self-soothing behaviors go, this one is an undemanding winner.

3 comments:

Kimberly said...

He is achingly beautiful. And I love when gestures and habits come forth in multiple generations.

Mamacita Tina said...

Laurel definitely must have soft blankies within reach at all times. Ian of course is too big for such things, ha. I often find him holding the hem of his shirt while slurping down a glass of milk.

kittenpie said...

Texture is so nice. That's why I wear cashmere in the winter - so soothing. And why I like at least whole milk, if not cream in my ocffee - different mouth feel.