July 3, 2012 by mamacravings
I am very thankful for such a loving, giving toddler. I am not always as thankful for the gifts he presents to me:
Eli: “Mama! I got yous a presthent!”
Mama: “How delightful! What did you find for me?”
Eli: “Hold outs your hand.”
(While I may only be two years into this parenting adventure, I have already learned that holding out my hand or closing my eyes and opening my mouth are perhaps 2 of the biggest parenting mistakes one could make.)
Mama: “How about you tell me about the surprise first.”
Eli: “Well….O’tay. It’s a….. *dramatic pause and dancing eyebrows* BUG!”
Mama: “A bug? Oh no thank you. Let’s put your surprise outside.”
Eli: “No, Mama! He’s my bug! He’s my friend! See.”
He unfolds a tightly clenched, sweaty fist to reveal a very squished fly. Delightful.
Mama: “Yup. Outside our bug friend goes.”
Eli: “No, Mama! No wakes up ‘da bug! He sleepin’!”
Mama: “He certainly is. I have heard that bugs like to nap outside. We’ll let him sleep in the sun while you play. How does that sound?”
So, my gift wasn’t diamonds this time. But I certainly appreciate my little one’s generous spirit. In the end, everyone won. I didn’t have to hold a bug. Eli got to play outside. And the bug napped in the sun.