Now normally Doodle is pretty fearless. She thinks nothing about climbing on top of a chair or piano bench. You toss her up in the air, and she laughs (a haughty laugh, no less). But even Superman has his weaknesses.

We had already discovered her mortal fear of giant bird mascots. Now there is something else to add to the list of Nemeses of Doodle – Big Mylar Balloons. She encountered a frightful band of said critters at Publix the other night. And the fact that one of them looked like Dora the Explorer did nothing to lessen her fear.

Fortunately she managed to overcome her fear and get back to serious baby business such as tearing open boxes of Cheerios.