Toddler D had me laughing this morning. He was playing Mario Kart on the Wii. I'm sure you know this, but it's a racing game. You have to race your little guy around the track.
. . . only D wasn't big into the moving-quickly-to-beat-the-other-guys part. He was just driving around looking at things along the course. There was a fountain he felt he should be able to jump over and he circled back a number of times to try. The game lets you know when you are going the wrong way by floating a guy with a u-turn sign over your car. D ignored it and just kept right on trying to jump the fountain.
After a while of exploring the course and practicing his jumps, he pulled his car over to the side and parked it facing the track, so he could watch the other racers go by.
I wish so much I could tell him this morning: You just keep on going like this your whole life, kid! You look around at your surroundings. You take the time to go back and practice. You pull off to the side of the road if you feel pressured by the drivers behind you. Get a good look at them. You never know.
Even though Toddler D has trouble finishing the race before the game declares him done, I highly suspect it's a very short time before all his studying and patient practice pay off and he leaves his mother in the dust.