It started innocently enough.
Me and newly-minted four-year-old granddaughter (hereinafter known as Please-Be-Patient-With-Me-I’m-Learning. Or PBPWMIL, for short) discussing the pros and cons (mostly cons) of taking something that doesn’t belong to you.
“But I wanted it,” she affirmed.
“I know, Sweetheart. But you can’t take something that doesn’t belong to you.”
I should probably mention here that I am speaking to a little girl with snapping dark eyes, shining dark hair, and smeared chocolate from nose to ears to chin. Not to mention the chocolate wrappers strewn about her small person.
Yep. Caught red-handed.
“How would you feel if little brother took something that was yours?”
“I would take it back!”
“Would you be sad that he had it?”
“Yeah. So I would take it back!”
“So should I take the chocolate back that you took from me?”
She frowned at that logic for a moment.
I presumed I was getting my point across.
A little note: Never assume anything when speaking to a recently graduate of Being Three.
She looked at me, wide eyes earnest and opened her little red bow of a mouth.
Here it comes, I thought. I finally got through to her!
“But I wanted it.”
Sigh. We’d come full circle.
“Okay, let’s start again,” I said. “Sweetheart how would you feel if someone took something that belonged to you?”
She stared at me. Then, “I can’t answer right now. My brain is empty.”
We’re considering encouraging her to run for political office.