Not too long ago, there was an animated movie made called Inside Out. For those of you who are not familiar with it, it is about a little girl growing up and all the things and emotions that go on inside the mind of a child. I really enjoyed it. Maybe because as I raised the kids, I often wondered what was going on in those minds of theirs, especially when they got themselves in a little trouble!
I am not talking about teenagers, although Inside Out takes you from the time Riley is a little girl to a teen. Teenagers are just plain frightening sometimes. I have never been able to decide if I even want to venture inside the thought patterns of a teenager. But little ones are a whole different ball of wax. The mind of a two year old for example..... A lot of people refer to them as the terrible two's. I couldn't disagree more. The amount of knowledge they are acquiring during that one year is astronomical. The creativity! The discovery! The excitement! The trouble!!!!!!
Mommy's two year old is about as unique as they come. That little girl is as tough as nails. Her mind is spinning about one hundred miles an hour all the time. It has not taken long for all of us, especially Mommy, to get nervous if we don't see this one for a bit. It is downright terrifying when she is quiet. They visited earlier this year. Mommy and I were having coffee in the morning and catching up on what has been going on. The older grandchildren were playing and you could hear them running through the house. The two year old was ......WAIT! Where was the two year old. A quick run through the house found her in the bathtub. No water, but shampoo and conditioner all over her little body. Best smile ever! Obviously, she got a bath and a new outfit. Mommy and I got busy doing a few things and planning our day. The two older grandchildren were playing and you could hear them running through the house. The two year old was ......WAIT! Where was the two year old. Another quick run through the house found her in the bathtub......AGAIN! No water, but shampoo and conditioner all over her little body. She had a big smile. Her Mommy did not. Another bath and outfit change.
As adults you would think we would catch on by this time wouldn't you!? Yes, it happened a third time and then she took a nap.
My grandson is usually pretty visible. That is, until today. The house was full of adults. In fact, just a little earlier, the Blonde had gotten him out of his pajamas. He didn't want to put clothes on yet, so she left him in his Pull-ups. Everyone was busy doing their own thing. I was going through wedding invitation lists with Pook's fiancé, when I heard my grandson holler "Nina, I all done!" I don't usually consider myself naïve, but I was this time. Silly me, I thought he had gone to the bathroom by himself. I knew where he was, and happily went down the stairs to help him complete this grown up task. He was standing in the guest room, in his Pull-ups. Well that didn't fit the picture in my head. And then again he said. "Nina, I all done fish."
Now let me explain, somewhere in my usually logical mind, I decided it would be really neat to buy the two kids fish when their brother was born. It seemed good at the moment. The goldfish died within 24 hours because apparently they are very dirty and need more than just a bowl to live in. I replaced them with Beta's and told the kids that they had changed color. My granddaughter was not so sure, but my grandson bought it big time. Whenever they are here they get to feed them. Today my grandson decided he could feed the fish on his own.
By the time I got to the guest room, which is where the fish live, the desk was covered in fish food. The bowl was covered with fish food and "Trixiie" was swimming in what looked like mud. "Aggie" did a little better, but I think that is because we were out of fish food. If you haven't smelled fish food.....well let's just say it smells fishy. I spent the next hour cleaning two fish bowls. Tomorrow I need to plan a pet store stop for new food. He totally emptied the container.
You can't help but wish that you were inside the heads of these two as they head into things! It wasn't so funny when I was the mom, but as the grandmother.......my heart smiles and I can't help but laugh! Hope your Mom-sense Monday starts the week off with a laugh for you too!
Wife, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Nurse, Grandmother, Friend...that's me in a nutshell!