That particular day Tristan was pointing out the window claiming to have seen a wolf. A wolf, I asked to be sure I heard correctly.
"Yeah. Vuff. Beebee."
"A baby wolf?", still making sure. Often he will repeat the word 647 times until I guess correctly what he is saying.
I glanced out the window. Nothing but woods. "There's a sheep in there? With the baby wolf?"
"Beeps!" Aah, more than one sheep then.
He often will make outlandish claims about what is outside the window. I find myself hoping it is a fertile imagination and not some kind of chemical malfunction that makes him delusional. Or worse, that he actually DOES see something that I don't.
All of this got my mind to wondering what exactly the world would be like if we didn't outgrow the things we do as small children. What a strange, surreal, unpredictable (and possibly horrifying) world it would be if we did not rid ourselves of the madness that plagues us as children.
In celebration of my merging into adulthood (which I keep saying could happen Any Day Now) here is my list of Things I Would Do If I Were My Toddler:
- Insist constantly that I be served candy for breakfast (oh wait, I do this!)
- Refuse to speak when spoken to
- Hide my face when strangers speak to me
- Slap my brothers when they piss me off
- Kick my mother in the shin if she refuses to give me what I want
- Pee in my pants during business meetings
- Throw food across the table or onto the floor because it's hilarious
- Fall to the ground and growl like an animal when I'm frustrated
- Insist there is a tiger in the potted plant at the doctor's office
- When people are talking to me, run away down the street if they break eye contact for the slightest moment
- Wear my shoes on the wrong feet even after I've been told they are on the wrong feet
- At a special nice meal, let food fall out of my mouth and say, "Blehhhhhh...."
- Jump up and down in the booth seats at restaurants
- Draw on the important papers of my colleagues with large, black permanent markers
- Claim there are farm animals in the woods when there actually are not
- Scrub the toilet with other people's toothbrushes
- Pull women's shirts down so I can look at their "bips" (breasts)
- Run in circles yelling, "ayyayayayayayayayayay" when people are trying to tell me something important
- Pile parking lot gravel on people's bumpers
- Do belly flops in a full bathtub
- Take off my shoes and socks when we're on a road trip (oh wait, I do that!)
Yes, these are all things he does at any random moment and it's perfectly fine because he's two and only he can get away with it.
What wild and crazy things do you wish you could do that you DON'T because it's not socially acceptable? Let's pretend, on paper, there are no rules -- what would you do?