My daughter has a terrible knack for not seeing the obvious. For example, her shoes may literally be 2 feet in front of her face and she might even be looking in that direction, yet she doesn't see them. I really don't believe that is a trait she got from me because I generally have great attention to detail - it's what made me great at my job as a paleontologist.
Anyway, yesterday I bought my husband a new ipad for his birthday. We had discussed it, and we've had our other one for 2 years and it has pretty much become a family ipad with the kids using it much of the time. So, hopefully the husband can use this more exclusively for work and when he travels.
He went out with his work friends yesterday so he was home after I retired for the evening (I went to bed to read around 8:30), so I put the shiny, sleek, bright white box on the breakfast bar area. I turned off all the lights, except the 2 lights over the table area shining down on the box. He would have to turn off the lights when he got home, so he would surely see it.
He got home, came to talk to me, and said nothing. He then went to watch some TV and even had to go to the fridge for some food. Yet, he still said nothing. So, this morning, I had the kids ask him if he saw his gift, and he came out saying he hadn't!! So, I laughed and asked him where he thought our daughter got her inability to see things right in front of her.
He is a scientist, and one who prefers the big picture rather than millions of little details, so it all fits together in his personality. I am a detail oriented person, so we work well together, both seeing things the other may not. So, when my daughter was looking for her lunch box on the table literally right in her field of view, I had but one thought:
The apple doesn't fall far.
I'm hoping the apple will remain close to the tree when our children grow up and attend high school & college. But for now I'm just hoping we can keep our shoes, lunchboxes, Barbies and ipads within our sights. :-)