A friend/ex-coworker emailed me after my post about Amanda being fascinated with rocks that her daughter, also the same age, is also obsessed with rocks. Not particularly special rocks, just rocks, in general. She just picks them up and holds onto them like they’re treasures. So, parents, keep that in mind when your kid gets to be about 2 years old. You may suddenly find your home inexplicably filling with small, completely average looking rocks. (Nothing, however, explains why she needs to occasionally gnaw on the rocks.)
I don’t get this at all – there are rocks everywhere, so why certain ones draw her attention, I can’t imagine. They all look alike to me. One benefit of her rock-scavenging is that I’ve found that also really enjoys throwing things in the big garbage can outside, so I’ve employed her to get rid of some of the ones she doesn’t want – ugly rocks and small concrete chunks I dug up when doing our yard a few years back. This is a surprisingly effective method for getting rid of this crap.