On the heels of a post about being forgetful, I'm making some writing happen during nap time break today.
Halle is in the full blown three year old "why" asking stage. 'Why?' about anything and everything. 'Why?' for every response to an explanation meant to answer 'why.'
And so, I thought another Heard it From Halle post was in order.
There are too many comical and clever phrases to remember in a day. I jotted a couple down on the chalkboard the other day so I wouldn't forget to document them.
Halle has been big in to picking out her own clothes since age 1. Sometimes it's sweet and simple. She chooses her own outfit, gets dressed by herself with no fuss. Other times it's an obsessive and sensitive process where it's impossible to find the right thing to wear. Both situations might mean multiple outfit changes. But whether it's a pleasant or frustrating experience varies from day to day. (Lord help me in the teenager years!)
However, a couple of days ago, Halle was in a happy, independent play mood. She had tried on princess dress after princess dress from her treasure box, and would model and twirl in between changes. Dress number four was a keeper. Dress up shoes on, wand in hand she began circling the kitchen. Then I caught her repeating, as if casting a spell with her magic wand, "you're going to get a wedgie and you're going to get a wedgie." It was in the cutest, harmless tone. I couldn't help busting out laughing at the silliest wish. (It was only recently I was explaining the concept of a wedgie to her and she thought it was hilarious.)
Another laughable moment was proof that our Alberta girlie is being raised by Newfoundlanders. She asked me "where am I going to put my socks to?" If you're a Newfie, you get what she's asking. If you're a mainlander, you are likely confused about the extra "to."
And if you're looking for an explanation, I don't have one... Just sit where you're to and keep reading.
A 'kids say the darnest things', perspective changing, moment (and quite possibly another newfie phrase) happened at the dinner table. Our table is next to our patio door where the dogs go in and out to the backyard. Loki was outside barking and scratching the door like he wanted to come in, yet wouldn't come in when I opened the door. Poor fur baby has anxiety and confidence issues which can make times like this frustrating. I casually commented "you're a strange bird, Loki." Which Halle repeated, paused and added "like us." I couldn't help but smile. :)
It means the person (um dog) is weird. It was as though even Halle understood, and then made a point to say we're all a little weird, it's okay and it makes us special.
Birds of a feather perhaps ;)
She continued to surprise me with her thoughtful remarks and questions this week. I couldn't possibly remember them all. A particularly funny 'why?' was when, completely out of the blue, on a walk one evening, she asked "why doesn't daddy wear a shirt sometimes?"
It's pretty cool to watch their brains tick. To see them make connections. To witness their natural wonder and curiosity.
Children are so observant. At this age, they are learning so much from their experiences. Now that they can express themselves better, it is always interesting to me to see that validation of what they are seeing, doing and learning.
For example, the other morning we went to Starbucks before preschool. Halle had slept in on a day Matthew had to drop us off early. So I ordered her breakfast there and nothing for me, since I already ate and we didn't have much time. She was so happy to get a special breakfast and seemed to be looking forward to school, as usual. Yet she was mindful to ask "mom where's your snack?" and "you're not having a drink today?" It may not seem like a big deal to you reading this now, but it was a sweet moment to me. She all of the sudden seemed so grown up. Plus the moments in which she shows care and compassion are really special.
So, all funny stories and tantrums aside, Halle can be a pretty thoughtful little kid. Her preschool teacher also gave me a heartwarming compliment last week. She mentioned Halle was a very gentle and kind friend; that she was very socially aware of others and what's going on around her.
It was honestly a relief to hear. I find she has so many sides to her personality that I often wonder which one(s) she shows when I'm not there. It was comforting that others recognize those qualities in her too.
On that note, I'm going to clue up this addition of Halle says. I hope I'm not too biased to assume these stories made you smile, too.
Thanks, as always, for reading. XO