Elephants and Toddlers

What do elephants and toddlers have in common? Neither forgets anything, ever, apparently.

My un-forgetful Monster

My un-forgetful Monster

Case in point – remember my pumpkin fiasco just a couple of months ago? I thought that was behind us, until Monster recently pulled an orange out of the refrigerator and said to me “Mama – little pumpkin! Deer eat little pumpkin. Go outside and throw (it) over the fence.” Looking at this on the positive side – at least the prospect of the deer eating the “little pumpkin” didn’t make him cry anymore. They grow up so fast.

The demise of our Christmas tree however, hasn’t really gone in my favor. Monster really enjoyed our Christmas tree this year. He also really likes to watch the garbage men pick-up the garbage every week. Unfortunately (for me), the garbage truck makes a lot of noise as it progresses down our street, so Monster is pretty much always alerted to its arrival. Once he hears it coming he sits in front of the window and watches it until it drives out of view. Which means, he saw the garbage men take our Christmas tree (yes, I’m aware there are places you can “upcycle” trees into mulch, but given P’s current time constraints and my unwillingness/inability to handle the logistics/manpower required while also wrangling a very active toddler to do this, it just wasn’t going to happen this year). Anyway – let’s just say there was lots of crying and demands that the “guy bring Christmas tree back.” Which lead to me trying to explain trees dying and holiday seasons to a toddler – so that went well. 😉

Now, once a week when the garbage truck comes, Monster demands that the “guy bring Christmas tree back.”

Seriously – is there nothing this child will forget?


5 thoughts on “Elephants and Toddlers

  1. This is one reason I’m glad we have an artificial tree. Alisdair was sad when we took it down, but we were able to placate him by showing him where we put the boxes and telling him the tree would be back next Advent. So the next few days he would say, “Tree, where? In box!”

    (And he loves to watch the garbage truck too. On recycling days they go by four times and he is Not Happy if we don’t get to the window in time!)

    • Aww, that’s so cute! I pushed for an artificial tree this past year, but P told me I was being a “scrooge.” Maybe next year I’ll win that battle!

      And I’m glad I’m not the only one who watches the garbage truck out the window. 🙂

      • Our tree is actually very, very nice. It doesn’t have that “fake” look to it and the branches are nice and full. 🙂 If you can find one that looks good, I find that helps in the persuasion department. 😉

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