I’LL USE DIFF’RENT WORDS…
Often, I am taken aback by the wisdom and self awareness of my little guy. I have learned to stay present in these moments, giving way for the proper attention and reflection needed, to continue my growth as my little fellow rapidly does the same beside me.
Yesterday we were preparing for our life besties to come over for a planned (and long overdue) play-date. I was tidying up and preparing crafts for the kids and Mickey was following along beside me, wining and complaining the whole while…
MICK – “When will they get here?”
“You said they’d be here soon!”
“How long is ‘soon’?”
“This is taking too long!”
“Why are they taking so long!?!”
“Is it 2 O’clock yet?”
“How many minutes is that?”
And on and on and on…
ME – “Waiting is harder if you spend your time concentrating on being impatient. Why don’t you clean your room? Maybe think of new activities for when your friend gets here? Try inventing some new games, use your imagination, it’s the best tool and toy you have!!”
To which he scoffingly replied,
“But that is soooooo BOR-ING!”
To which I shot back, (agitated at his incessant pestering)
“Only boring people get bored! Mickey please just let me vacuum and in the meantime go find something to do to pass the time!!”
He pondered my words for a moment, clearly recognizing my irritation and then took a deep breath and loudly exhaled… After a few seconds he said,
“Ok, Mommy. I’ll use diff’rent words…
I’m just so so so EXCITED!!!”
His truth hung in the air, pierced my heart and flooded my eyes.
I turned to him and said “Oh my darling I know it!! I am so so so excited too! It’s hard to wait when you’re this excited isn’t it? I completely understand you. It’s kind of like your whole body gets jiggly!”
MICK – “YEAH!! I just miss Ruby sooooo much! I can’t WAIT to see her!!”
And with that we continued on together, talking about the things we were excited to show our friends. We passed the time jointly being excited and openly discussing how excitement can be extremely overwhelming. It helped the wait go by quickly and allowed both of us to share in the ‘burden of boredom’.
Thanks Mickey for the reminder to slow down and listen. I am so glad you can find ‘diff’rent’ words to explain yourself and your beautiful mind. This mommy is pretty proud of you.