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The almost 2 years old Spacebaby2 had a traumatic moment the other day. She wasn't allowed to stick her hand in a glass of ice water left on the coffee table, because adults around her wanted to be able to drink a glass of water without grungy toddler fingers having been in it. We told her no. It's basically the worst thing ever, she totally broke down, so I scooped her up and comforted her and said, "Oh, the despair!"

This lead her older sister, almost 5, to ask me, "What's despair?"

"It's when there's just so much sadness. A lot of awful things that make a person sad, sad, sad!" I explained.

"I have despair," she says.

I looked at her with that, "really?" kind of look and explained that no, child, you are not even FIVE, nothing bad has EVER happened to you in your tiny life. You do not have despair.

Then a thought occurred to me and I asked her, "Josie? What's the worst thing that's EVER happened to you?"

She thought for a minute and said "Once I was playing with my hula hoop and it wouldn't stay up."

OH WELL my mistake. the struggle is real, apparently, she DOES have a hard life. the WORST.

It's all relative. I know.


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Apr. 25th, 2015 04:50 pm (UTC)
That is so cute!
Apr. 25th, 2015 05:13 pm (UTC)
Adorable. This gave me a good laugh.
Apr. 25th, 2015 05:51 pm (UTC)

Ohdear! 5 year olds seem like their life is always in despair!!! Sigh..

Apr. 25th, 2015 08:41 pm (UTC)
that's a relief!
Apr. 26th, 2015 01:00 am (UTC)
I love that you asked her that question. It's fun that you memorialized her answer.
Apr. 26th, 2015 02:06 am (UTC)
Little kid feels are so big. Today my 3 year old had a meltdown about pancakes. First, he wanted syrup. Then, once it was on. he didn't. Then he didn't want it to soak into the pancake. Then he wanted it off. He didn't want to cut the pancake up. He wanted whole, circle pancakes. Oh god, the humanity. Then, about 3 minutes later, he scarfed them down and felt a lot better. Kid life is hard.
Apr. 26th, 2015 03:02 am (UTC)
Enormous meltdown today because the Thing wanted to climb into the wardrobe. Lol.
Apr. 27th, 2015 08:32 am (UTC)
That was hilarious.

The other day Gwen insisted on pulling her hat down over her eyes and walking home blindly, shouting happily "I'm MIS-ruh-bl!" I finally asked her, "Do you know what 'miserable' means?" "No." "It means you're really unhappy and sad and things are awful. Are you miserable?" *big grin* "Yup! I''m MIS-ruh-bl!", skipping up the hill.
Apr. 27th, 2015 11:38 am (UTC)
Oh kidlet, life will get harder.
Apr. 27th, 2015 05:00 pm (UTC)
being almost-five is HARD, man! ;)
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