Tuesday, April 30, 2013

I No Like That!

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So, Little Man is approaching 3 years-old and he is no longer the cuddly, snuggly, giggly, bundle of toddler joy that once pitter-pattered through the house. He is tall and losing the "baby" look and he is sure footed, fast and able to reach things he shouldn't reach. He has also developed an opinion. Mainly his opinion is that he doesn't want to do or eat what we want him to do or eat. The happy, clapping, smiling angel has turned into a crying, stomping monkey. His favorite phrase has become "I no like that!"

A prime example of this occurred this weekend. Little Man wanted pizza for dinner. Pizza is/was one of his favorite foods. So, I made him pizza for dinner. I let it cool off so it wouldn't be "boo boo hot." I cut it and served it on his favorite plate. He came eagerly to the table, climbed in his chair, took one look at it and SCREAMED! "NO! I NO LIKE THAT!" Sigh. I have learned that the best way to deal with this is to just pick up his plate and put it aside. When he gets hungry, he'll come back for it or ask for something else. Basically, I ignore his outburst. It is short-lived and he does return to the funny Little Man he usually is.

I don't know what prompts him to have these sudden changes. Perhaps it's just a matter of his growing and changing. Perhaps he's testing me and his boundaries. Eventually, he will like something again. But truthfully, isn't this something that we do as adults? Without the tantrum, of course. Don't we look at our home decor and say, "We need a new sofa." Or, look in our closet and say, "I have nothing to wear." Or, stare into the refrigerator and say, "There's nothing to eat in the house." We may not use the exact words "I no like that," but the sentiment is the same. Perhaps we are growing and changing too. Perhaps we don't know exactly what we want at the moment and need more time to think about it. It's normal.

I'm experiencing this with some of the writing I've been doing. I go back and read something and "I no like that." I know that's part of the revising and editing process and I'm okay with that but still, I find it funny and ironic that something that was so dear to me a few weeks ago is now dissatisfying in some way. It's good. I'm growing and getting better and so is my writing.

When I get to the point of having an editor look at it I fully expect to find lots of red lines and circles and lots of "I no like that." That's what I want, I want to know what doesn't work so I can make it the best that it can be. So I can be the best I can be. In the meantime, I'll just eat the Little Man's pizza. I like that.

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