My son and daughter-in-law are participating in the Dopey Challenge at Florida’s Disney World. The Challenge is to run a 5 K (3 miles) on Day 1, a 10 K (6 miles) on Day 2, a half-marathon on Day 3, and a full marathon on Day 4. What that means to me, besides being a proud Mama, is that I get to take care of Owen (6) and Ella (4) for 6 days!
So here I sit, with 1.5 hours to myself before I need to start the “taxi service” again – to and from school and various appointments, then homework, dinner, baths, and a bit of cuddle time.
Today is the 3rd day I’ve been here, and I’ve already learned a lot.
YOU HAVE TO TRUST NINJAS.
Owen: Grandma, whatever I say, you have to trust me, because I am a Ninja and Ninjas always tell the truth. (Stated with great emphasis.)
I SHOULD BE ABLE TO DRIVE A HONDA MINI-VAN EVEN THOUGH I DON’T WANT TO.
Owen: Grandma, I really like riding in the van instead of Mom’s car.
Me: I don’t like driving the van because it’s so big.
Owen: Grandma! It’s a MINI-van!
THERE’S GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY TO EARN MONEY.
Owen: Are we going to Target now?
Me: Yes, do you have your allowance with you?
Owen: I do, but I only have $3 and I want to buy a Pokemon and it costs $7.
Me: Well, how can you earn some more money so you can get what you really want?
Owen: I don’t know. But it can’t be by doing Chores! I don’t like doing Chores, so we’ll have to think of something else.
EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING IT, SO I CAN TOO.
Ella: Can I take my Kitty to school today?
Me: Sure, but you’ll need to leave him in your cubby when you get there.
Ella: I don’t want to leave him in my cubby. Everyone else takes their friends to school and so I want to do that too.
(First of all, not everyone else does. Second of all, if they do, they have to leave their friends in their cubbies. And finally, “everyone else does it?” She’s FOUR!)
I AM THE BOSS OF MY CLOTHES.
Me: Ella, it’s time to leave for school. Put your shoes on, please.
(Ella comes out of her bedroom with her rain boots on, even though the skies are blue, with no rain in sight).
Me: Ella, it’s not raining today. Why don’t you put on your pink tennis shoes? They’re so cute and match what you have on.
Ella: No, I want to wear my rain boots, and I get to pick out what I wear.
(Okay then. I checked with Dad on this one and he verified she can wear her rain boots to school on a sunny day if she wants.)
Me: Okay, Ella, Daddy says you can wear your rain boots. You were right!
Ella: No, I want to wear my pink shoes.
A SHORTCUT ISN’T ALWAYS A SHORTCUT
No matter where we went….
Ella: Grandma, I know a shortcut. Follow me.
It didn’t take long for me to realize that a shortcut to a 4-year-old doesn’t always mean it is the fastest way to reach a destination. I asked her how she found out about the “shortcuts.” She said, “I just saw them because I have 2 eyes.”
I will be here for 3 more days. I can’t wait to see what else I will learn!