Monday, November 27, 2006

You can learn a lot from a three year old!!!

When I was in university, my friend Fran used to occasionally bring her three year old to class with her. Taylor was a very good kid and didn't disrupt our classes, lectures or labs at all. Fran was a single mom and one of the coolest, hippest mommies I'd ever met. She was in her mid-twenties and I was in my early twenties. Fran was artsy, creative, friendly, musically inclined, and politically aware. Like me, she was vegetarian and involved in the environmental committee at our university.

One day, after our Intermediate Spanish class, Fran needed to talk to our prof, and Taylor needed to use the bathroom. I told Fran I'd take Taylor and meet her at our fave restaurant on campus. Taylor amazed me. She used the sleeve of her sweater to open the bathroom door. I lined the toilet bowl with toilet paper (I know, I'm a freak!) but Taylor didn't even sit on the toilet! She hovered over the seat! Of course, she used the kiddie toilet- you know the small ones that are closer to the ground) Now that I think of it, that was pretty talented for a three year old! I used to have to hover when I used the public toilets in Japan...and if you don't perfect your hovering technique, you could seriously pee all over you feet! LOL! After Taylor was done her business, she again used her sweater over her hand to open turn the taps and to press the button for the hand dryer. WOW! Frannie taught this kid well! That wasn't the only thing that surprised me. When we were at the restaurant, I sat Taylor on one of the stools by the counter and chit chatter with the waiter. The waiter slid over a bowl of nuts and to my surprise, Taylor refused. Then the waiter slid over a bowl of after dinner mints. Taylor refused.

"You don't like nuts or candy?" I asked.
"Mommy said never eat nuts or candy from those bowls because men don't wash their hands all the time after the bathroom."
I was shocked. So that's what she meant by PEE-NUTS! LOL!

Fran is now married and has four kids and a dog. She is a nurse and has studied Naturopathic Medicine, reflexology and Reiki. Taylor is now 11 years old! She's still a smart cookie!!!


Dina said...

OMG I remember Taylor!! I can't believe Fran has had 3 more kids in the time since we were roomies and she would come to visit you!! Does she still Latin dance??? Gosh how time flies!!

Chrissy121875 said...

Hey Dina! OMG, that seems like ages ago, eh?!? Yeah, Fran still loves to dance! She actually met her hubby, a single dad at the YMCA while swimming with Taylor. He has two daughters and was swimming with them at the time. They had a baby girl two years ago! Imagine, having FOUR girls??? Incidentally, one of his daughters from his previous marriage is also named Taylor! LOL!

ahappilymarriedmommy said...

Good girl! I try to make sure my kids wash their hands all the time and not use their hands to hold objects that others have come into contact with. It's hard being a mom in a world of nasty germs and people who don't wash their hands. You never know what people have touched and then your kid puts her hand in her mouth or whatever.

HAHA I like that- PEE NUTS! Thanks for the tip. I'll make sure to remember to not take any nuts or candy from those little dishes at restaurants! I never thought about people not washing their hands and then eating out of those things! GROSS! Now that I think about it, it makes me want to puke!

Anonymous said...

You can only imagine the kind of paranoia and defense we are all growing accustomed to! At the age of 3!!

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