My Kindergartener never fails to make me chuckle daily. But sometimes, he says things that are not only funny but serve as an insight into how he interprets our words.
There is something sweet about a little one’s astonishment when a parent knows what a child is up to even with their back turned; this happened when I made some cookies recently. I had given my little one a couple warm cookies and a frosty glass of milk. He happily sloshed cookies into the milk while playing with his cars. I had moved to a spot with my back to the kitchen when all went very quiet. That quiet moment that every parent feels is deafening. That moment you know something is up.
I knew without turning around that he was backward, walking toward the plate of cookies on the counter with his eyes glued to me. Hoping to make off with another cookie as his glass still had a bit of milk. At the peak of the silence, just as he was reaching for a cookie (I could hear his breathing change), I calmly spoke. “I hope you are not grabbing another cookie.” A moment of stunned quietness followed as he assessed how carefully he had watched me. He knew I had not turned my head in the slightest. His sweet 5-year-old voice, now filled with utter amazement, asks, “How did you know?” Without skipping a beat or turning around, I said: “All Mommies have eyes on the back of their head.” He was quiet for a minute, taking in that statement, then went back to playing with his car.
A few nights later, as he settles in to bed, he starts playing with my hair. Nothing new he has done that since he was born. But this time, he gets behind me and starts moving my hair all around. Out of fear of knots, I reach back to tickle his side to get him to stop and ask, what are you doing? To which he says in a thoughtful tone, “I am trying to find the eyes on the back of your head! I can’t see any!”