My friend and fellow momaha.com blogger Heidi was at my house recently with her 2-year-old.
Jaycee is the youngest of three, with brothers, parents, grandparents and aunts who move mountains to keep her happy.
And it shows.
Jaycee walked right up to me and said, “Joos. Joos. Joos. Joos. Joos.” Literally, she looked right at me and repeated herself in a monotone, unrelenting voice until I stopped laughing long enough to get up and get her juice.
It’s always funny when it’s someone else’s kid. Honestly, I will bury my face and laugh incessantly at another kid’s behavior that I would discipline my own child for.
Two of my friends’ kids were fighting recently and I watched for awhile to enjoy the show before intervening. Because two 2-year-olds fighting over a toy stroller is funny stuff. You can’t script that.
But once in awhile, your child does something that is not really nice – or just plain naughty – but even you can’t deny its humor.
My 2-year-old has begun telling people to be quiet by saying, “Shhh,” with her finger to her mouth and then pointing at whomever she wants to quiet down.
It’s quite horrible.
But insanely cute.
Probably because most of the time she’s right. Dad needs to stop talking about football all day, every day. And usually I need to stop singing songs with made-up words. Even that random stranger in line at the grocery store really does need to stop screaming into her phone.
Here’s Cambria in action:
Melissa Cruickshank is married with one daughter. She works full-time and blogs for momaha.com on Thursdays.