Friday, October 27, 2006

The Toddler's Creed

If I want it, it's mine.
If I give it to you and change
my mind later, it's mine.
If I can take it away from you,
it's mine.
If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.
If it's mine, it will never belong to
anyone else, no matter what.
If we are building something together,
all the pieces are mine.
If it looks just like mine,
it is mine!


And you wondered why people are what they are! Though who would've thought anyone as adorable as my 2 year old niece could be that nasty.. Ever noticed how traits like that are soo cute in toddlers but make you go grrrrr in adults?


  1. Think from another toddler's perspective and s/he go grrrrr as well.. just that we laugh at toddlers but take ourselves and my/mine so seriously.. its all just the same.. only we use lot more words and mind while a toddler's my/mine comes from his/her innocence and desire to "keep"... guess your niece is no different from mine (again 2 yrs and same traits).. God forbid if the two were put together in one playroom... :)

  2. LOL they'd probably scream the house down!

    I was thinking more about how the selfish, grasping aspect of human nature in general has always been a part of us right from our toddlerhoods! Does it really stem from an innocent "desire to keep" or do we just think of it that way because they're so cute and innocent-looking we'd forgive them anything?

    And when you take the lines
    "If it's mine, it will never belong to anyone else, no matter what" and apply it to what a determined, half-crazed stalker says about his ex-wife/girlfriend, it just sends shivers up your spine. Brrrr (added to the grrrr)

  3. hehe soooo cute...just like her aunt

  4. one. never equate kidomotions (kid-emotions) to that of grown ups. The hormones in grown-ups is the corrupting factor. Innocence, and so the sense of belonging or ownership of kids is genuine/pure/instantaneous. A stalker's sense of possesion comes from a mind-gone-awry that infatuates/compels itself to "come-what-may" situation, that goes again the grain of civilized society. Kids are a society unto themselves. For the simple fact that they are connected to God.
    As to what brings this trait of selfishness in them is unexplicable to my dumbobrain but like I said earlier, its no joke to another kid, and I can recount hundred cases when such peers of mine were snobbed at, so chivalry/heroism existed back then too.. when I did not even know my a-b-c's properly.
    BTW, if I ever get my dreams realized, I'm gonna have a daughter like your niece... :) of course at least 4-5 yrs junior to her :))

  5. @ S: Just like you, you mean ;)

    @ Tinkertoon: Well, I've always been taught in my Christian faith that sin is inherent in man and is very much part of the toddler psyche so that's what I'd automatically attributed it all to. Doesn't it seem odd to you that kids are so sweet and innocent albeit with flashes of selfishness, and then they grow up and hey presto, they turn into beastly selfish demanding creatures? And what hormones in grown-ups do you mean?
    Oh, and good luck with your dreams. I'd love to see your daughter 4/5 years from now :)