Thursday, August 5, 2010

Color matters

Isaac has an unusual quirk: When he plays, he often likes to have TWO of whatever toy it is that he's playing with—and those two toys are usually red and yellow. Allow me to demonstrate:

Isaac prefers to play with the red and yellow cars:

Isaac prefers to toss the red and yellow balls:

Isaac prefers to roll the red and yellow nesting barrels:

And Isaac prefers the red and yellow stacking cups:

If anyone dares to take one of Isaac's red and yellow toys from him, he freaks out. The only way to calm him down is to retrieve the purloined item; with both toys back in his possession, he is as happy as a clam.

I've been trying to come up with an explanation for this rather odd behavior. (He doesn't have any developmental or language delays, and the kids' 18-month autism screening threw up zero red flags, so I'm not worried about that.) Here are my theories:
  1. Isaac may be a wee bit obsessive compulsive. (Kind of like his daddy, ha!)
  2. Isaac may be color blind. (The condition runs on both my side and Ted's, so it would not be surprising if this were the case. It could be that red and yellow are more brilliant and, therefore, more attractive to him than other colors.)
  3. Isaac may be a combination of 1 and 2.
  4. Isaac may be merely acknowledging his ancestral Spanish heritage:

Whatever the case, I'm willing to bet this kid is gonna want ketchup and mustard on his hot dogs the minute he figures out that it's an option!


Jenessa said...

hahaha, pass the ketchup and mustard to Isaac! I love your posts Suzy :) You have GOT to print each year into a book. It's all too precious!

Julie said...

So funny! Noah is already developing an affinity to yellow toys. Just yellow. Isaac's just a little boy who knows what he wants, that's all! :) Besos

The Saunders Family said...

what an observant mama!

Jackie said...

Very funny! I have one that is a wee bit obsessive compulsive! (okay, maybe a lot, but he comes by it honestly) They do fine. Maybe he just has color preferences. It's orange at my house, but Jackson does always have to have mustard and ketchup on his plate.(let's hope he doesn't realize he can mix the two to make orange) :)

Lori said...

I love this post! My Noah was sooo much like that at that age. Just means he's super smart with a bit of quirkiness to round him out. What a cutie!!


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