This Letter was written about 6 months ago, but after a 40 minute stand-off regarding retrieval of some airborne art supplies earlier this week... It seems as timely as ever.
Life as a 2 Year Old
It is hard to believe, but the once Figlet about to turn two! Can it
really be true?! It seems like just yesterday that I was thinking “What have I
gotten myself into?!” Now as soon as the
house gets quiet I find myself wondering “What has she gotten herself into?!” Life
before she came along was far from dull, but life with a 2 year old... I am
being taken along on her ride through life in the impulse zone!
To be 2 is to not be able to see even a few moments into the future. I am
hungry and grumpy and you have served me food on the green plate. I wanted the
blue plate and therefore this food must be emptied off the offending
dinnerware. Where?! I don’t care! How about the floor! What do you mean there
is no more? Can’t you see that I am hungry?
To be 2 is to always be moving on to the next best thing. Plink plunk on
the piano keys. Belly flop on the beanbag chair. The baby doll needs shoes.
Mom, help me put them on. I am going to chase the cat. Did you hear my 3 word sentence?
I said “Cat knee ow!” Yes, I could use a mommy hug. Put me down now. I have to
To be 2 is to have no modesty. Every day should be a no pants day! Why do
you keep trying to put clothes on me?! My potty is in the kitchen, right where
it should be. Every time I use it, you sing and dance for me! I follow you into
the bathroom (when you will let me), and do a dance for you. Everyone should
sing a happy song when they poo!
To be 2 is to discover what you want and how to say it. I like apples and
oranges and I can ask for both by name. I like strawberries, but those I have
to show you. I like cream of wheat. I call it ‘hot’ just like you do. When I
say ‘chickies’ and bring you my shoes, you know that I want to go outside to
play. When I say ‘Eee-eee ‘Orge’ I want to watch Curious Georges. I like him.
He is a funny monkey like me. If you gave us typewriters we could write novels.
Mine would be 5 words. His would be 3.
To be 2 is to take on life’s lessons – the ones that take a lifetime to
learn. I am learning to share, learning to care, learning who I am and how to
take care of me. I am learning patience
– with myself and others. I am learning that a smile keeps on going. I am
learning that everyone is growing, or at least they could be, and they should
be. I am also learning that if I ever want to find out what is in that drawer,
I have to make just a little noise or you will wonder what I am getting into.
I hope that this letter has found you and yours in good spirits and good
health. Until I write again…