Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Common Toddler Phrases, Explained
The past couple of weeks have been an enlightening look into my toddler's personality. Here are some of Penny's phrases, translated for the general public.
1. DON'T LOOK AT ME! — This means, "I'm doing something naughty and I don't want you to see what I'm doing. Because if you don't see me doing it, it's not really happening."
2. DON'T TALK, EVERYBODY! — This means, "You're trying to have a conversation that doesn't apply to me, and I like being the center of attention."
3. I NOT BORED, I HAPPY! — "I don't know the meaning of the word 'ambivalent.'"
4. ARE YOU HAPPY NOW? — "Wait. You have other emotions aside from happy? Go back to being happy!"
And then today, when I went to pick Penny up from Grandma's house, she was still napping. She was lying peacefully on Grandma and Grandpa's bed, fast asleep, breathing slowly. I went to lie down next to her, and when I put my arm around her, she stirred, rolled her sleepy eyes open to focus on my face, then smiled and sighed, "I miss you, Mama." Then she closed her eyes again and let me hold her. And then my heart exploded.