While riding in the car this evening (in the dark), Makenna asks “Mom, what does this say?” referring to a craft one her friends had given her at ballet. “I don’t know Makenna, I can’t read it, it’s too dark”. 2 minutes pass. “Mom, what does this say?”. “Too dark kid, you have to wait until we’re home”. 2 more minutes later… “Mom, Wha…? Oh, never mind”. I ask, “What? Were you going to ask me what that says?”. “Yep” she replies. So we get home and I finally tell her that it says “Seasons Greetings”. “No it doesn’t”, she protests, “It says Merry Christmas”. I ask her what letter does ‘merry’ start with. “Mmmmmmerry. M!”. “And what letter does the word start with” I ask. “An S” she replies. We stare at each other for a moment. “Well it says MERRY CHRISTMAS, MOM!” and stomps off to living room. I don’t know if it’s a 4 year old thing, or a girl thing, but she is in quite the argumentative phase.
Whenever we’re in the car, as soon as a new song comes on the radio, she listens for a few seconds and repeats some part of the songs and asks, “Is this song called It wasn’t me?”. No, I don’t think so, I say. “It’s called Goodbye in her eyes”. Or I say I don’t know, and she goes on and on with various guesses. For every.single.song that comes on! Half of the time, she gets it right, which is admirable and amusing. But sometimes mama just wants to tune out to the tunes, but the talking never stops.
From the minute she springs out of bed in the morning, until the moment she lets her eyes close at night, words are flying out of her mouth, in every which way. I do love it. I love the 3-4 year old age, as they’re finally old enough to converse with, and some of the stuff that comes out is too funny and priceless. But after 12+ hours of chattering nonstop, I can’t say I mind the quiet that bedtime brings.
We finally wrote her letter to Santa today. She’s been very inquisitive about him this year, and has thrown some tough questions at me. Last night I did up a message from Santa for her using Portable North Pole. I’ve been cautious with choosing what Santa things to do with her (I think ‘Elf on the Shelf’ might stress the heck out of her!). But she loved the video and message from Santa and listened very intently. Funny…because he was telling her to try harder at listening to her mommy! Not sure Santa will be bringing a deer, but pretty sure he has the other things covered.