Because taking a woman out of her element and letting her parent two amazing baby humans is akin to stringing her up by her ankles and asking her to live with bats, I’m not always sure what I’m doing. It’s hardly my fault. I’m a diurnal, visual biped forced to hang upside down and fly around echo-locating by night.
So I was surprised when our two-year-old decided his outfit for the week would be just socks. On his hands. And nothing else.
I shouldn’t have been shocked. His brother did the same thing for one whole month, four years ago. Also in the winter. It’s as though winter nudity with impromptu mittens/puppets is in the toddler manual.
Wait, is it?
The week of rain at the end of a rainless winter did not surprise me. Neither did the frenetic and borderline sociopathic cabin-fever behavior during the same time. What did shock me was how planned activities totally took care of everything. One part dance party, one part playdough party, one part playdate, one part role playing goodness. Who knew? (I did. I had just forgotten. We’ve had a dry winter and I haven’t had to do this for over a year.)
And I was taken aback when the six-year-old decided it was time to use his words, react calmly, and speak in a normal tone of voice.
For the first time in six years.
Who knew that there was a phase during which children were reasonable, interesting, and fun to be with?
Oh, yeah: Me. Because it happens at least once an hour.