I'm ever befuddled by people who come into my home repeatedly, yet act truly astonished when my little whirlwind of a miniature human runs about, leaving disruption and chaos in his wake. He's a toddler. It's pretty much his unofficial job. I thought this was news to no one regarding toddlers? Yet, I feel like I keep introducing folks to the idea. Consider the forthcoming my brief rant on this topic.
New flash: he is two. He was two the past time you came by and he's still two today. He's a toddler who's exploring his world with an enthusiasm and energy an adult can barely fathom. This includes grabbing, pulling, pushing, yanking, knocking, jumping onto, swatting, kicking, dragging, chewing, kissing and something licking anything to which he has access and interest.
It's not done with mean-spiritedness, but rather with a sense of adventure to examine all in his realm. His arms, hands, legs, feet, mouth and whole body are his tools of exploration at the ready, and he uses them liberally. If you want to keep what you came with in an unbroken state, keep it away. Please assume that if it's within his reach, he will reach it. I'm clear about that when you enter, and I provide many reminders throughout your visit. There's zero room for misstep....if only you'd just listen.
So, when he pulls down the coffee you brought over that you left within stubby little arm's reach on the edge of the kitchen table, which not only stains his shirt, my tablecloth and seat cushion (luckily, not a hot enough beverage to cause him any harm), and though I've begged you repeatedly not to have an open beverage on the table to ward against this very happening, please don't have the first thing out of your mouth be: "I just didn't think your kid would do that."
Um, why would you ever think he would do anything else BUT THAT? I warned you multiple times, you see he grabs at everything and you are aware of his whirlwind-like presence at almost every moment. Likewise, you're here often enough to have muscle memory of it all. To suggest you imagined any other outcome is simply baffling.
So, I'll continue with my incessant warnings, my toddler will go along with his energetic adventuring, and the cycle will no doubt repeat. It's just good to air it out, so I can have a smile on my face for the next visit. Thank you for listening.