I’m often struck with the unexpected ways that Jack is trying to assert his independence. Sure he does the usual “I want to do it myslef” or “I don’t want to take a nap” (oh the nap wars that we have recently had in this house). But every once in a while, there is something that he does that is just so “grown-up” and it takes me off guard.
On Sunday we packed up the boys and headed to the house of some good friends for a playdate. Their daughter is just two months older than Jack. We have had a few playdates with them in the past, but for the most part the kids have played independently and ignored each other. I was hopeful that this time they might actually interact with each other.
When we arrived, the kids pretty much stayed away from each other. They had both just woken from naps so I wasn’t surprised. They warmed up to each other and were following each other around and even talking to each other. Before we knew it they were running around and playing together. They both did a great job at sharing toys and taking turns. All too quickly it was 7:00. Xander was getting fussy and bedtime was getting much to close, so we told Jack to take one more turn at his game and then we had to go home.
Then I witnessed the most adorable two year old conversation I have ever seen.
Jack: I have to go home
Jack’s friend: I’ll be here tomorrow
Jack: I have to go to school tomorrow
Jack’s friend: I’ll be here tomorrow.
Jack: I’ll see you Saturday.
It was like they were trying to plan another play date. I almost died from the cute. Then it occurred to me, my little guy is growing up. I have conversations with him every day, but now he is having conversations with other children. Meaningful conversations (well, as meaningful a conversation that a two year old can have). Next thing I know, I’m not going to be planning the playdates. Heck, I won’t even be staying for the playdates at some point. So for now, I’m just going to enjoy witnessing Jack trying to navigate the world as an independent little boy.
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