Thursday, May 13, 2010

laughter

Whoever coined the phrase, "terrible twos," had not lived to experience life with a three-year-old. I am not saying it is terrible - far from it - but Audrey certainly poses more of a challenge - to me and my authority - now than she did a year ago.

But at least she makes up for it by making me laugh. Yesterday at breakfast she said, "Mom, I don't feel good."

"What's wrong?" I asked.

She clasped her throat with both hands like a character from a Bronte novel. "It's my throat!" she exclaimed, "It's got a frog in it!"

"A frog?"

"Yes," she said, "and he's sayin', 'Ribbit! Ribbit!'"

I think I have a diagnosis for this kind of ailment: it is called an over-active imagination. And I'm not sure that there is anything that can be done about it.

5 comments:

Daniele said...

Yes, yes! My mommy friends and I all agree: three is ever so much more challenging than two. It's those funny, cute little personalities that make you laugh...and make you want to kill them. How dare they start thinking like real little individual people with their own (sometimes funny, sometimes maddening) ideas?

Lindsay said...

They're becoming self-aware!!(This may not be as funny if you don't watch The Office) :)

嘉琬 said...

他能,假使他想他能;他不能,假使他想他不能。........................................

HM Baker said...

Unfortunately I'm not aware of the Office reference though I do love the show. My current favorite line is from the episode just before Pam has her baby. "Speaking as a former baby," Andrew says to Pam, "I would advise you not to take the name game too seriously. My parents named me William after my father but then when I was six they decided my younger brother exhibited more of 'William' traits so they changed my name to Andrew."

And there - in a poof! - we have all the information we need to explain Andrew's character.

As to three-year-olds, my dear friend Jean put it brilliantly: "Three-year-olds are just like two-year-olds - only with a lot more words!"

It is so (painfully, heart-warmingly, frighteningly) true.

Lindsay said...

Love that quote from Andy too!! :) Mine was Dwight's comment when Jim and Pam trick him into thinking his computer is talking to him (older reference).