by Annette Francine
During a recent dinner out with my son and his family, my daughter-in-law set up Disney’s movie, “Frozen”, for my two restless granddaughters while we adults finished our meal.
Glancing at the two-year-old some minutes later, my attention was captured by her adorable pose: her cheek resting on one open palm and the most precious grin on her face. I peeked around to see what scene had so enamored her – expecting to see the snowman’s (Olaf’s) goofiness or the clumsy reindeer’s (Sven’s) antics. To my enormous surprise, the scene was the one where Princess Anna and Prince Hans are lightly bantering; sharing their common likes and dislikes. There are a couple of overlong, direct glances into each other’s eyes, communicating their mutual attraction. This is was brought the sweet expression to my granddaughter’s face!
Let it be noted these two characters weren’t doing anything humorous in this scene: nothing really to bring about such a lighthearted expression. Neither were they exchanging gifts – which I could conceive a toddler could recognize and appreciate as a ‘good’ or ‘kind’ thing, and thereby possibly elicit a grin. They were smiling at each other, but not laughing. Had they been laughing, I could understand her beaming in response, but I noted she never repeated this behavior at any other scene in the movie: she laughed where it was humorous, grinned where it was cute, and so forth. This particular scene prompted a very different reaction.
Amazed a two-year-old could have any concept of romance/romantic love at all, I began wondering at what age children become cognizant of romantic interplay and sexual attraction. Although I was able to find several articles online about sexual orientation and development, as well as info on the development of “self”, I could find nothing related to the concept of “romance”.
Bummer. I like answers. Anybody out there want to undertake a study of this?
While you’re at it, I can’t help but wonder if little boys are equally as cognizant at this early age, or if the notion of romantic love develops in them much later (if at all, as some adult males seem to demonstrate). I suppose I should also allow for the prospect my granddaughter is an exception even among girls.
Have you witnessed similar behaviors in other toddlers? Anybody out there with information to share on the subject?
In any case, dare I anticipate my granddaughter will one day be an author of romance like me?
Annette Francine writes romantic suspense with a Christian twist. Find her books and links at http://www.annettefrancine.com or at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.