Normally the things my three-year-old daughter and I like to do are very different. She likes to pretend she is a train and I like to curl up with a crossword. She likes to cook pretend soup in a wooden pot and I like to order take-out. She likes to read the same book over and over again and I like to toss out a magazine as soon as I am finished with it.
But then one day everything changed.
My computer was sitting on my kitchen counter and I happened to pull up my Pinterest boards while she was in the room.
Mazzy saw the pretty pictures populate the screen and asked me what I was looking at. I explained that it is called Pinterest and you just pin the pictures that you like the best.
“Can I pin something?”
Mazzy likes to pin mainly pink things, food things and and cute animals. Kind of exactly what you would expect from a three-year-old girl. She makes imaginative search requests (“Pink whales!” “Purple clouds!” “Elephant ice cream!”) and we see what comes up. Then she selects her favorite photo from the bunch.
But the best part is her comments. I try to write exactly what she says about each picture as my caption. Here are twenty of the pins from a board I call, “Mazzy’s Pins” with the search request she made to find it.