You never realize how much you say something until your little one repeats you. Today was one of those many times I realize what a little sponge Gabriel is.
Gabe is two and like most toddlers he spends a bit of time testing his boundaries. Life wouldn't be interesting if Gabe wasn't learning who he is, what he's allowed to do and what he isn't allowed to do. Two of the words you hear fairly regularly at our house are "obey" and "listen." I think it is very important for Gabriel to obey and listen to his parents; I figure our house will be much more peaceful that way and those concepts are a work in progress. Not just for Gabe, for all of us!
Now enter today's trip to Target. We ran in for four things and were in line to pay for five things which is a complete success when it comes to me and Target. In line ahead of us was a little boy not much older than Gabe. But while Gabe was happy eating his crackers, the other little boy was not; a big old meltdown at checkout aisle number 8 was going on. Gabe kept looking at the little boy and then back at me - the look on his face seemed to ask "why aren't you doing anything?" After a couple minutes of this Gabe looked at the other boy and said "obey, listen mama."
I'm almost positive the other mom missed what he said, but I was chuckling to myself. It was pretty funny and I'm pretty happy that Gabe was able to extrapolate the concepts of obeying and listening to mama in a situation other than one that he is in.
But mostly, it was just funny. [Smile.]
And just because he's super cute!