“Where my jumper? Where my jumper? I can’t find my juuuuuuuumper!”
“I can’t get my gumboots off, my gumboots off, my gumboots off! I can’t get my gumbooooooooooooots ooooooooffff! They stuck on my foot”
– Mummy! I am singing “I can’t get my gumboots off!”
“I want my airplane back. Gimme my airplane back. I want my airplane back, my airplane back RIGHT Noooooooow!!”
– Mummy I’m singing “I want my airplane back”! –
“I want myyyy aiiiiirplaaane baaack nooow!”
Read the above again – but imagine it being sung in a little toddler voice!
This is what I hear from my 2.5-year-old daughter when confronted with a dilemma! She is completely serious about her problem but she has started singing her way through it.
When I think about how I solve my problems I feel a little ashamed in comparison! – I still knit my brow and hunch my shoulders. I stomp my way through the house and bang things down after I pick them up. I grumble to myself – and then I get cross at Kaelan – AND at myself!- when I see this behaviour magnified by five times by Kaelan when he is frustrated!!
And yet Rosella sings her slightly flat, pentatonic tunes while she keeps trying until she has worked out how to resolve the situation. Something I am going to try – and maybe my ‘problems’ won’t be so bad after I start giggling to myself about my songs!
Lessons from a 2-year-old.
May we always be open to them!