I'm Jealous of My 3-Year-Old

Being a Mom 23

"Batman," she said. "Don't get HELLO KITTY! She's MY FRIEND!"

"Oh," she said, her voice getting lower. "I would NEVER hurt you, Hello Kitty. You're the best!"

She continued on for a couple of minutes, arguing with her Batman figurine about who the Bad Guy was, using her "magic" wand to transform her various Squinky Squinkers into Bad Guys, then back again.

I sat there next to her on the couch, a bemused smile on my face as I listened to her dialog out what her "people" were doing.

And then I got a little jealous.

Who gets jealous of their three-year old?

I guess the answer is me. And it's not because she's got an adorable mop-top of curls or because she has eyelashes that just won't quit, but because she's so damn creative.

She has more creativity in her pinkie finger than I do in my entire body, including my semi-kicky hair.

When I was a kid, I played things like, "Let's make a pile of leaves," or "let's pretend I'm your boss and you're my employee." I never even bothered with lemonade stands because, frankly, the cost/benefit analysis was never in my favor. I'd never make the money I'd invest back, so why bother

Later that day, already taken aback by her awesome creativity, I sat on the driveway with a piece of chalk and drew a spiral. It's about the beginning and the end of things I can draw that don't appear to be drawn by a monkey using his toes.

"Wow, Mommy," she said, taking a quick break from the game of Frisbee we'd been playing. "That's pretty! What is it?"

"I don't know, Mimi," I replied, wanting to see what she saw in it. "What do you think it is?"

Confidently, as only a three-year old can be, she replied, "A spiral galaxy." Then she stared a minute at it and said, "You'd better label that. No one else will be able to tell."

Dutifully, I scrawled out, "SPRIAL GALAXY," hoping I'd spelled it right, drew a couple of arrows pointing to it, so there'd be no doubt to what I was referring to, and she stepped back, satisfied.

"Much better, Mommy. Now everyone can understand your drawing," she said, clearly happy that I was not, in fact, as stupid as I looked.

She and I returned to playing Frisbee, which basically meant she lobbed the plastic disc at my head while I ducked to make sure I didn't accidentally get my nose broken and have to be all, "no REALLY, my daughter threw a Frisbee at my head -- I am NOT being abused."

And suddenly, I wondered if I could develop a way to siphon off some of her creativity. While I thought about that, I forgot to keep my eyes on the Frisbee and she beaned me in the face with the disc, almost as if to say, "you leave me and my creativity alone, Mommy."

I totally deserved that and the bloody nose it gave me. 

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kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

This made my day. There creativity is amazing. Sorry about ur nose. Its sooo worth it tho to see them look at u with those eyes that dont quit and with total admiration.

sofia... sofia0587

My one year old is already using imaginative play and I sit there thinking man what happend to me I used to be so damn creative as a kid and now I have no imagination anymore :(

mom2j... mom2jessnky

If that's your actual kid in the picture, you are using that car seat disastrously wrong. No matter whose kid that is in the picture, that car seat is a tragedy waiting to happen.

Car seats aren't magical, you have to use them correctly or they don't work.

jessi... jessicasmom1

aww love and admire her she is your offspring your loving child who is looking up to you everyday

kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

Ugh to turning this into about a freaking car seat being used incorrectly! Seriously. Way to go. Go you for being perfect.

Misty... Misty.Dawn

mom2jessinky-are you kidding me?!?! I cant stand people like you! Finding a way to turn anything into a debate! Get off youre high horse! Youre being a decent person disastrously wrong!

Misty... Misty.Dawn

Btw-i loved this article :) kids are so creative & have such great imaginations. My 5yr old was playing with a sword the other day & the "blade" part broke & was sitting like going side to side instead of up and down. instead of pouting, he got a big smile & said "cool! Now i have a gun!"

the4m... the4mutts

I am jealous of my kids' energy levels! Omg, I sometimes wish I had half their stamina and energy, then I think "if I had that much, I would probably explode."

Kids are amazing.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

You're not the only one mom2jess, I can't concentrate on the article because of that picture. I'd hope that it was fixed before the car moved but it's still irresponsible to post a picture like that. Who knows what idiot will look at it and think its remotely safe? If you are going to put a picture of a kid in a car seat in the public eye like this or on a tv show for example then they should be harnessed properly unless you are specifically showing how not to use a seat.

kleab79 kleab79

RhondaVegie why are you so damn judgemental ALL the time, you sound like a real bitch...stfu already, and get off your pedestal. Every single article, never fails.

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