I discovered today that I am raising a genius.
That or she is developmentally right on track when it comes to watching and learning. It's one or the other.
Every morning I take the little miss out with me to take care of the morning chores. We feed the dogs, head out to take care of the chickens, and feed Ellie the Cat. We water the garden and pull a weed or two. Three mornings a week we go milk the goats.
Daph takes special excitement when caring for the chickens. Lately she has said "chicken house" (meaning- please take me to the chicken house because I love my chickens so very, very much) and "chicken water" (meaning- I am officially ready to take on the responsibility of caring for the chickens that I love so very, very much).
So today I was thrilled when she grabbed the chicken water bucket and went back to the rain barrels where I get their water. She asked me to turn the water on, so I let her fill the container with an inch or two of water. I held her hand while she walked, without spilling a drop, to the chicken house where she watered those chickens. All by herself. (Except for turning on the water and the walking. You know, close enough.)
How long do you think it will be before I can send her out to do all these morning chores on her own? A day or two? Maybe give it a week? I'm already imaging what I'll do with my extra time...