Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Growing Years

Posted by kuri, ping, the pinglet, & mini-ping on 6/20/2009
Scene: The local children's center
Actors: Pinglet and her Frenemy, M
Audience: Kuri and K

Act I, Scene 1:
The Pinglet appropriated her new best friend's doll today, which she consulted when deciding if she wanted to go down the slide one more time (cue the Pinglet, looking the doll in the eye and asking, "More?") She was apparently satisfied with the answer because she continued her trips up and down the slide until it was time to leave.

The Pinglet has a new BFF. Well, sometimes it's her BFF and sometimes the Pinglet decides that the friendly overtures by M must be dealt with quickly and decisively with a not-so-friendly push and warning growl (and no, I'm not kidding about the growl. Where does she get these things from?) Thus evolved the term "frenemy" (friend-slash-enemy), courtesy of K who definitely summed their relationship up perfectly.

However, the two are mostly more friends than enemies (at the moment) and can be found throughout the day yelling each other's names across rooms, large halls, and when they are riding side-by-side in their strollers. Perhaps they haven't yet developed their peripheral vision and don't realize their close proximity. The jury's still out on this one.

Today's day-long playdate, which included trips to the local city hall and the gynecologist because the best place to bring two toddlers is your local doctor's office where you can wait for hours in a small waiting room, was punctuated by crying jags and tantrums of your's truly (both Mommy and Pinglet). The only downtime was a nap towards the end of the day, although the peace was shattered when the Pinglet woke up and discovered that her Frenemy No. 1 was nowhere in the vicinity. She must have been in a friendly mood and wanted someone to boss around, so was sorely disappointed when her Frenemy did not make an immediate appearance. She made this known to one and all with a Level 4 tantrum, which luckily didn't escalate to Level 5. But I think that was only because she was strapped into her stroller and was unable to eject herself from the seat. This is called "contingency planning."

It was a trying day with all of Pinglet's whining and crying, so I decided that we needed to stray from the nightly routine a bit. Ping has tennis classes on Friday, so that left me and the Pinglet to our own devices, which meant that an evening outing was called for. The Pinglet and I went out for a little stroll in the dark, with her pointing out the moon and the stars and repeating everything I said. She also was doing this strange dance thing where she would suddenly stop, wrap her arms around her body, and say "top!" I had no idea what she was doing until I realized that she was doing it every time a car drove by. Translation? She was stopping ("top!") and standing still until the car passed so she could continue on her way.

I feel sort of like Voldemort using the Imperius curse to make someone do my bidding. Oh my goddess, the POWER...mwah, ha, ha, ha....

3 of you feeling verklempt. Tawlk amongst yourselves:

Rachel said...

Oh that's so cute! I want to play again...though you will have to translate for me. I'm sure Erica and Nao will understand each other no problem

Anonymous said...

Great new really should make it into Webster's!
Love Mom

Black pencil skirts said...

A nice and wise baby pics seems too cute.


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