A letter from Clara (A Glimpse into the Three-Year-Old Mind)

This morning I thought I’d get a head-start on creating some Valentine’s Day cards so I asked Clara if she’d like to write a letter to her dad. She was so excited to tell him some things. This is her letter.

This is a letter to dad. Mom, I think we should put some smiley faces on it. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ And a smiley face πŸ™‚ and another smiley face πŸ™‚ and another one πŸ™‚ and another one πŸ™‚ and that one πŸ™‚ and that one πŸ™‚ and this one πŸ™‚

Mommy, Is daddy at work? I’m going to tell him what my Valentines Day card is. Um, I think I’m gonna do more smiley faces. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

I want to say I love him, and mom, do you see this smiley face? It’s because I love daddy. πŸ™‚ Remember to put some smiley faces on. πŸ™‚ And also I love about him… too… how much he loves me. And I also love daddy for… a present. And I like doing music with daddy. Uhhhh Mommy, I want to just talk to dad.

Actually, this note will be to Nana. I wanna say that I love Nana. Sooooo, and also I love funny faces. And I love about Nana dancing… yes dancing. Mom, this is gonna be really fun. Mom, pretty please can we please go to Nana’s for a teensy tiny bit?

So I love about Nana is playing colors and sewing and pirate ship and also eating bananas and also doing art and music and that’s it. And also about going to the store with her.

I know! How about we go to Nana’s and give it to her, like, we hafta give it to her at her house.

Ok. I’m gonna go now.
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Rubyisms… because I need a good chuckle right now.

Today is the perfect day to post some Rubyisms, because I need to be reminded what a gem my sweet toddler can be after epic battle of wills she and I have been fighting for the last couple of weeks. I know we will get through this… and I know I will win.

If anyone has advice on getting a 3.5 year old to understand that asking for something over and over and over does not mean I am going to eventually change my answer from “no” to “yes” please share your wisdom. Ruby has incredible resolve and an amazing ability to continue verbal repetition of sentences like, “I want a sucker!” for hours on end increasing in volume and intensity as my answer remains “no, we don’t have suckers at our house.” which means, “Sorry, not until next month when we go to the bank to deposit the rent check and the teller lady offers you candy without consulting me first…. grrrr.”

Good thing I have some recent Rubyisms to lighten the mood around here;

  • “I remember all the things I remember.”
  • “Mmmm mmm mmm, this is so much good.”
  • When I asked what time it is she replied, “It’s about twenty hours and a half.”
  • If I give Ruby the option of walking instead of riding in the stroller. She always replies, “I’m going to be the walking girl”
  • “Smiley faces are so much fun to look at.” as she was examining the clementines I drew faces on for her preschool class snack this week.
  • When she is in timeout, she furiously screams, “I HAVE A HAPPY HEARRRRRRT!!” over and over… but I can tell that she doesn’t.
  • “Mommy, turkey dinner always makes me thirsty.” (I do not know who has been feeding her turkey dinners. ha!)
  • We were driving past the soccer fields and she said, “Oh look! Teenagers!”
  • She tells Clara, “No Ma’am!” exactly the same way I say it to her when I want her to stop doing something.
  • “Oh look at that train! All those train cars are probably full of shiny stuff!”