I wanted to take a few minutes and beam extra bright for a life lesson my 18 month old has already mastered! Manners!
In the last 6 weeks, my little angel has gone from knowing ‘please’ (aka peeese) to using it properly and tossing in the regular ‘thank you’ (aka Aank Oouu) to follow it up.
This may not be front page news to most people, but I have to say it has been one of my prouder stages as a Mama so far. There is just something fundamentally human and societal about having your child learn to say please and thank you. It is a large step towards being able to interact properly with the community around you.
Now, all this being said, it is hilarious to see how her concepts of the terms is developing. Right now she pretty much thinks they are magical words that will obtain for her, all of her hearts desires. Want Mama’s iPhone? A simple PEEESE should do it. When it doesn’t work, she says it again, at a whole new octave and a new level of desperate tone. As it begins to sink in that peeese does not always get her what she wants, she has a mini melt down. Her complete understanding of this amazing word and it’s power has been compromised and she can’t really cope. I laugh my ass off.
However, the most beautiful discovery to come out of all of this is, “aank oouu mommy”. I will never, ever grow old of hearing that word combination, no matter how many times I hear it. I smile wide from ear to ear each and every time. She is just turning into such a little lady before my eyes and I sometimes still can’t believe it.
As I imagine ahead to all of the words and phrases she will learn and I will hate, I have to day dream a bit. Ideally, children would simply learn manners and never forget them, not even for a moment.