Thursday, January 9, 2014 – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

Two is the time for the cutest of smiles and for incredibly heart-warming musings.

(Cuddling in pajamas). “You’re a Mama wildy pig, and I’m the baby pig.”

“There’s a Golligator. Not an alligator. Different. And he eats clementines, and lives in trees. But he has sharp teeth.”

And hilarious ones.

ME – “Your sister just came back from her piano lesson. When you get to be a big boy would you like to study piano too?”

HIM – (After much thought) “No, I’m not going to do piano. I’m going to study the vaccuum.”

Two is also a time for us – as his parents – to hold firmly to being the answer, not to having the answers. We need to be the compass point. We know that resilient children had someone, at least one person in their lives who truly cared, who truly took care of them. That is our job.

Two is a time for Mama to remember that it’s OK for a child to be confronted with futility, to feel walls, to feel sadness and disappointment, and to move beyond it.

In the midst of it all, two is a time for very, very busy hands.


3 Responses to “Two”

  1. Margaret B. Says:

    Dear Jen – I can’t tell you how much I loved this post — golligators who eat clementines & live in trees? studying the vacuum? so sweet!

    My latest favorite conversation with my 3 y.o. goes as follows:

    L. Mama, do I have wings?
    Mama Hmmm… you tell me…
    L. I don’t have wings yet. I will grow some.
    M. You will grow some?
    L. Yes. Right now my wings are sleeping.

    One of these days I’m going to have to carefully examine his shoulder blades to see whether my little fledgling is sprouting feathers.

    And that focaccia recipe… oh, my. Can you email it to me?


  2. Margaret B. Says:

    p.s. I have that same house-shaped cookie cutter. love it!

  3. Jen Says:

    thank you, margaret! that’s really sweet about your son. i love how little ones hear bits and pieces of conversations and use those bits in the funniest ways, all tied up with their amazing imaginations.

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