A few years ago I attended a workshop on teaching children to read. The instructor, Jim Stone, said that studies show that babies begin to mimic within the first hour that they are born. Those conducting the study took photographs of adults making different expressions. They put the photos inside of the bassinets with the babies and within minutes the babies were trying to mimic the different expressions on the faces.
I visualized 50 babies in the hospital nursery
doing their best to mimic what was in front of them.
Because of this workshop, I have been much more aware with Levin mimicking than I was with our babies. I am still surprised that though he still has no control over what his arms and legs do, he can control his tongue and mouth.* Levin opens his mouth when I open mine, sticks his tongue out when I stick out mine, and tries to click it and shape sounds around it. It’s pretty daunting to know he’s trying to follow me so carefully. But now it makes even more sense to me why the Lord would say, “Follow me.” Even as babies we're real good at mimicking, and confident, happy, and hopeful are much more attractive than hysterical, enraged, and smug.
*(Funny how that switches when we're adults isn't it? We can control our arms and legs really well but struggle with managing our mouth. It's a conundrum.)