Telling tales, asking questions

April 4, 2014 

One of my favorite quotes lately couldn’t describe my Addy any more perfectly.

It goes something like this: “Whoever coined the phrase ‘terrible 2s’ must have been awfully embarrassed when their kid turned 3.”


But along with some of that zany, silly and, sometimes, ill-timed-public display of agitation, comes a wonderful part of 3 – the near-nonstop commentary.

Yesterday morning, for example, Addy was naming all her friends at her school she was going to see on that particular day.

When she got to one young lady, though, it got real.

“(Removing the name to protect the young lady) says bad words,” Addy announced in the car.

“Oh, does she? Do you say bad words, too?”


After a little more discussion, I offered up that, perhaps, when this particular friend says these words, Addy should simply give her a hug.

“I’m not going to play with (her) today,” Addy announced, clearly thinking this whole thing through.

“Well, you don’t have to be that drastic. Just hug her.”

“Dada, you’re silly.”

That’s her way of clearing out one topic to move to another. I know that trick.

With the weather turning to spring, finally, Addy and I have been able to get out of the house more, too.

While I am shocked she still willingly gets in her stroller, I am sure happy about it. Combining exercise with some time with her has been a real treasure.

Especially when she asks me random questions like, “Dada, can boys kiss?”

I really am unprepared for such questions. I had no idea if she meant girls, other boys, a frog…I had to ask her to repeat the question several more times.

That one ended with us getting her mom on the cell phone so they could talk through it and I could chuckle a bit.

Fortunately, at 3, her thoughts had quickly wandered to ice cream, kitty cats, a random leaf and an airplane.

I do enjoy our discussions, though.

While I don’t have all the answers, I am pretty sure in a few years I will more than have my share of Addy telling on other girls and asking about kissing.

Maybe I will be better prepared by then.

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