Daughter (21 mos) wandered around all day yesterday repeating the following:
COO AH ESS PEE OOO BEE DUB-OO ETS WAAAH SEE
She really might be, as her grandpa asserts, a genius. Though so might I, because I actually figured out what she is saying. Yes, it's a real thing. If you can figure it out, you might be a genius too.
Or, you might just be a parent. Here's how to tell the difference:
A parent will immediately know how to respond in a way that will satisfy any toddler (not just his or her own child) who makes a request for "muh mik peas" or "sooz UFF" or "PB on" or "can-ee too." And knows that "satisfy" is not necessarily synonymous with "comply."
A genius will try to rationalize with said child about why "PB" is less stimulating than reading books or the "can-ee" is all gone.
A parent knows better than to try to rationalize with a toddler. Especially with one who has that pre-melting-puddle whine in her voice, that note that precedes the shrieking moment of protest lying under the kitchen table, the note that says, "give me what I want or my world will spin off its axis and take you with it, lady!" Except in toddler-speak, it sounds like "me muh can-ee! me can-ee too! can-EEE! bruh-er can-ee. meeee CAN-ee too! Caaaaannnnnn-EEEEEEEEE! ME can-eeeee!"
A genius will give in to the incredible volume of histrionic vocal-technics, logically reasoning that to provide ____ [fill in requested noun here] will quell the storm.
A parent never gives in. At least, not after having said no.
Except in a public place when the binkie was left in the car by mistake. Because a parent knows the difference between being a sucker and managing an emergency.
A genius thinks most parents these days are suckers.
A parent knows most geniuses are useless in an emergency.
Which does lead me to a question: If I'm generally quite good in an emergency, and yet I worry every day about being too much of a sucker, what does that make me? A parnius? A genient? And who can I ask to find out?