Thursday, November 10, 2005

in honor of Katie


My mother-in-law sent us this little poem about toddlers because it reminded her of Katie. We agree. So, in honor of Katie, on her 20 month birthday, I present to you,
I Am A Toddler
If it is on, I must turn if off.
If it is off, I must turn it on.
If it is folded, I must unfold it.
If it is a liquid, it must be shaken, then spilled.
If it is a solid, it must be crumbled, chewed or smeared.
If it is high, it must be reached.
If it is shelved, it must be unshelved.
It if is pointed, it must be run with at top speed.
If it has leaves, they must be picked.
If it is plugged, it must be unplugged.
If it is not trash, it must be thrown away.
If it is in the trash, it must be removed, inspected and thrown on the floor.
If it is closed, it must be opened.
If it does not open, it must be screamed at.
If it has drawers, they must be rifled.
If it is a pencil, it must write on the refrigerator, monitor or table.
If it is full, it will be more interesting emptied.
If it is empty, it will be more interesting full.
If it is a pile of dirt, it must be laid upon.
If it is a stroller, it must, under no circumstances, be ridden in without protest. It must be pushed by me instead.
If it has a flat surface, it must be banged upon.
If Mommy's hands are full, I must be carried.
If Mommy is in a hurry and wants to carry me, I must walk alone.
If it is paper, it must be torn.
If it has buttons, they must be pressed.
If the volume is low, it must go high.
If it is toilet paper, it must be unrolled on the floor.
If it is a drawer, it must be pulled open.
If it is toothbrush, it must be inserted into my mouth.
If it has a faucet, it must be turned on at full force.
If it is a phone, I must talk into it.
If it is a bug, it must be swallowed.
If it doesn't stay on my spoon, it must be dropped on the floor.
If it is not food, it must be tasted.
If it is food, it must not be tasted.
If it is dry, it must be made wet with drool, milk or toilet water.
If it is a car seat, it must be protested with arched back.
If it is Mommy, it must be hugged.
I put in bold & italics those that are especially meaningful in our home.

7 comments:

Kate said...

So, so true. Don't you love every minute though? Life is never boring with a toddler. Could we add talk when a room is quiet and quiet when we want them to say their new word?

Malia said...

That is great! My baby is not a toddler yet but he already matches sooooo many of those descriptions!

Especially this one:
If it is not trash, it must be thrown away. If it is in the trash, it must be removed, inspected and thrown on the floor.

We call him "the trashman".

TMK said...

That was so cute! Thanks for sharing. Love those little creatures called toddlers.

Summer said...

So much to look forward to!

jettybetty said...

Absolutely precious--what a job toddlers have--turning their worlds upside down, inside out--and learning how much of it works as they go!!!

I'm adding you to my "support group"!!
I don't want to miss a single thing that happens over here!

Miss Hope said...

LOL. How true that is. I think mine qualifies for every single thing stated. Can you believe how big our babies are getting??? Growing way too fast. Wayyyy too fast.

Craig Fisher said...

Great words. Hits home for life at our house too.