Little lady asked me if she could take her big Toy Story Woody character doll with us in the car the other day as we were getting ready to go to school. I said it was fine, so off we went. We were walking to the elevator when one of our neighbors also walked out of their home and joined us as we waited for the elevator.
Our neighbor said to the little lady, “hey! Cool toy! Do you also have a Buzz doll?”
She does, but its about 1/4 the size of the Woody doll. Its a mini plastic figure that came as a set with a bunch of the other characters from the movies.
Little lady replied to the neighbor’s question saying, “yes. I do! But I only have a tiny buzz.”
So to recap, she has now told people she got a big Woody for Christmas but only has a tiny Buzz.
I saw this sign awhile ago at a health foods store and just recently came across this photo I took of the sign with such incredible insights.
In my quest to be a promoter of all things peaceful and happy, I realize how much more difficult it is to be peaceful when trying to resolve conflict. It’s so much easier to fly off the handle and let emotions overrule sensibility and logic.
Parenting this person I’ve only known a few months, I’ve seen first hand how beneficial it is to remain calm at all times, and try like crazy not to let circumstances turn me into something resembling Godzilla. Over time, I’ve seen how the little one reacts to my freaking out vs my staying calm. I can tell she thinks more when I am calm. She, in turn, is also less emotional. Working to understand one another is a win win WIN.
While driving home yesterday, I said, “I’m hungry.”
A quick and inquisitive, “again?!” response came from the awesome child in the back seat.
I guess I eat a lot?
Understanding the value of being able to hand her her own music player, and keeping my phone free for my use, I transfered a few child friendly songs she likes to my old iPod. Old as in click wheel old. Yes. She can have an iPod, but only one from 2005.
Anywho, I filled that iPod with some songs and photos. Getting into our car today, she asked to have it. I turned it on, gave it to her and saw that a photo of her, me and my significant other came on the screen.
She hugged the iPod and said, “awwwww. I love you.” My heart melted of course. I said to her, “do you love the three of us in that picture?!” She replied, “no! I was talking to my iPod!”
“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
I found this scribbled on a piece of paper in my office today. Who knows how long I’ve had it. I’ve definitely had it long enough to not remember writing it down, which makes me think it might be from my college days 15 (!) or so years ago. That’s when I was really wondering what I wanted to do with my life, what I wanted to major in and all those details that really only matter in college. Once you get to the “real world” so much happens to all the plans you made.
As I grow older and as more and more changes in my life, I strive to be able to have something to look back on, something to remember the details. These days I love finding a photo album and sitting down to go through it, smiling at the memories, remembering things about my life at those times. It’s getting harder to have photos to put together in books with other memorabilia because no one really prints their photos anymore. Everything is digital.
Hence the blog. Here we are, online. I’m writing this, you’re reading it (thanks by the way.)