…and I’m not talking about four-letter words!
These days the girls are truly like little sponges, picking up so many new words, phrases, and skills every.single.day. Hubby comes home in the afternoons and asks, “What did we learn today?” and we almost always have a new party trick to show him.
There are a few things that the girls have picked up recently that are, I guess, a sign of the times…things that I really wish they’d instead have reserved valuable grey matter real estate for something more useful right now…like the table of elements…or maybe potty training???
I’m all about dressing up my sweet ‘lil pumpkins for the upcoming holiday, carving jack-o-lanterns, and maybe even eating some candy (meaning, maybe I’ll let them have a bite before I eat it all). But at this tender age I hadn’t really intended on teaching them words like “ghost”, “witch”, and “skeleton”.
The girls are accustomed to me narrating everything on our daily walks and treks to the grocery store. With all the Halloween decorations that have been up for weeks now, I just wasn’t able to maintain their attention with other riveting sights (“Look at the pretty shrubs!” “Over there is the dog food!”) on a consistent basis.
The funny thing is, they’re not frightened of these creatures. They wave to the neighbor’s spooky ghosts hanging in his yard, shouting, “Hey!!!”, just in the same way they get excited over seeing a squirrel cross the street. I'm hoping this "bravery" lasts to see them through nightmares and monsters under the bed.
The girls each had a touch of a cold last week, and as a result, the poor babes can rattle off a few new words and phrases…
“Medicine…nose better!” (They say that rather excitedly, as I guess the stuff these days tastes pretty good.)
“Temperature!” (They say that with a considerable degree less of excitement, when they spy the thermometer.) :)
And when they started saying, “Benadryl!”, I knew it was time to get better, fast…lest passersby think I drug the kiddos on too-regular of a basis.
I guess this is just a little reminder that they’re eyes are watching me, and their ears are listening.
We’ll try our best to continue to keep the four-letter words at bay, and to remain stealthy in sneaking in that mid-afternoon chocolate snack.