69: Thoughts from a Three-Year-Old

69: Thoughts from a Three-Year-Old

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grand and Great

Thoughts from a Three-Year-Old

What children need most are the essentials
that grandparents provide in abundance.
They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor,
comfort, lessons in life.
And, most importantly, cookies.

~Rudolph Giuliani

Because of adult perspectives, our expectations from children, when they answer us, can be quite different than what actually takes place.

My three-year-old son had been told several times to go into the bathroom to get washed for bed. The last time I told him more assertively. His response was “Yes, Sir!” Being his mother, I didn’t expect the “sir.”

“You say, ‘Yes, Sir,’ to a man. To a lady you would say, ‘Yes, Ma’am.’” So to quiz him on his lesson I queried, “What would you say to Daddy?”

“Yes, Sir!” came the reply.

“Then what would you say to Mama?”

“Yes, Ma’am!” he proudly remarked.

“Good boy! Now what would you say to Grandma?”

Being used to his usual question posed to Grandma, he lit up and said, “Can I have a cookie?”

~Barbara Cornish
Chicken Soup for the Grandparent’s Soul

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