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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Lessons from a 23-month old

BE CONCERNED.

Matt yelled to a chicken that was perching atop our fence: “Chicken, get down!”
And in a serious and thoughtful tone added, "Uh fall." (Fall hah! :D)


BARGAIN TRY AGAIN.

After I had repeatedly declined his request to play with my phone, he said “Howd only.” Hold only.


BE PERSISTENT

I was angry one day, and was all quiet. Sensing my strange silence and seeing my dour countenance, Matt came up and tried to entertain appease me. However, I was not making eye contact to him. “Ma, V-pa-power**?” No response. “Ma, drive car.” Still, I was quiet and not making eye contact to him. After more tries, he finally reached over and planted a very wet kiss on my lips.


**V-pa-power is Matt’s way of saying V-Power, which is a type of gasoline from Shell.


WHEN WATERS GET ROUGH, SING.

Me: Matt, don’t bang your guitar on the floor.

But banging still continued.

Me: Okay. I’ll have to keep the guitar if you continue the banging.

Matt: J-O-Y, down….. (singing the I’ve Got JOY Down in my Heart song).


Recall: The story of the Alphabet Song.



ASK FORGIVENESS

“Hug-a Mama. Sorry.” Always. And in an oh-so sweet tone.


NEVER DISCRIMINATE

Greet everyone and anyone.

Morning, fish! (or chicken or Barney or Kermit, etc..)

And to people he doesn't even know: Morning, tao.***

Go-night, Bobby.

After attending a birthday party, he said “Happy Birthday, car.”

***tao means man


SHARE.

"Kermit," Matt gently said while bringing the bottle of Chamyto on Kermit’s lips and pouring the contents all over him.


BE CANDID.

Me: Matt, why are you crying?

Matt, referring to me: [you are] Talking to [a] man.

(Oh!)

Me, seeing Matt atop his toy basket: What are you doing?

Matt: Switch[ing] on-a light.

(But of course!)

TAKE ONE STEP AT A TIME (or…)

Matt: My name is [our home address].

Whoa! This happened after I taught him the my-name-is and I-live-in concepts all at once.


ANGER HAS AN ANTIDOTE.

Seeing Mama angry, Matt said in a placating tone: Maaaaa. Inom**** Bajajesic.

Matt’s Bajajesic means Biogesic, a Paracetamol brand.

****inom means to drink


9 comments:

annie said...

That picture is so very sweet!

Tiff said...

Love the picture and the one about forgiveness! So cute

ZJ said...

Hi Zam. I love the picture of Matt giving you the V-Power! Kids are so good at "reading" us and they'd do anything to make us feel better. I know, I don't have my own yet, but I've got loads of nephews and nieces (from cousins) to learn from!
Have a great weekend with your family, Zam.

grace said...

Sweet kaau si little boy oi. Mama is very much smitten.

snippets said...

the wonders of what li'l kids can do to us ... :)

happy monday, Zen!

WorksForMom said...

Those pictures are so sweet and those words are so true. Isn't it amazing what THEY teach US?

Ana said...

LOL! You've got a toddler with lots of personality! That picture of him kissing you is too sweet!

Melanie said...

What a sweet post! I just love it.

Raquel said...

Oh how sweet your little boy mommy, I like the story when he gave you a wet kissed.

 


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