Want to Forget Your Troubles for a Day…Enter the world of a Two-Year-Old!

Dear Reader:

Entering the world of a two-year-old and seeing the world through their eyes is provocative, hilarious, and just pure fun! I managed to maneuver through the heavy morning traffic and get to Walsh and Mollie’s in time to see Lachlan before he left for pre-school and watch Mollie get off for her doctor appointment.

Normally as soon as Eloise senses Mollie is leaving… all kinds of melt-down variations transpire… but this time it was kinda funny…Eloise made two little strange, pitiful sounds and then stopped…like her heart just wasn’t in the drama queen role..and it was way too much effort for a melt-down so early in the morning. Instead we just started playing and never stopped until Mollie got home…except for some snacks.

Two-year-olds get a bad rap for the “Terrible Two’s” and their “tantrums” but since Eloise is my fifth grandchild I think I can safely say with some experience…that it is not the “two’s” you have to dread…but the threes. (All my grandchildren held out another year before letting loose with the tantrums.)

Look carefully at the title page…and spot the twinkle in Eloise’s eyes…two-year-olds always look like they have the most delightful secret…a wondrous secret…but they aren’t sharing it with anyone.

My other observation, made while playing with Eloise yesterday, is that two-year-olds think they magically disappear (whole body disappearance)…

  1. IF they simply close their eyes
  2. IF only their head is hidden

Don’t we all wish this were true…especially later in life? I can think back on some of the most embarrassing moments of my life as a youth and adult … wishing a gigantic hole (like a sink hole) would just swallow me up…or I could just close my eyes…and all the stares in the room would disappear with my own disappearance.

Mollie took us gals out for lunch yesterday when she got back and Eloise decided to eat the green crayon (what is it about children having to taste crayons?)..leaving her once-white t-shirt…tie-dyed. She had no problems with it…in fact she just wanted Mollie to sing a tune with her name in it…so she could do a little jig by our booth in the corner. Another wonderful trait of two-years…dancing for everyone to see is not a problem…just an expression of  amazing life in action.


So until tomorrow…I wish I could say my cough/congestion/cold crud disappeared amid all the fun and frivolity! Hack Hack…it didn’t but I sure had a good time and for several hours just enjoyed life…and hey, that’s not bad either!

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Last nine weeks Eva Cate made the A/B report card honor roll and I was beyond excited…as many of you know Eva Cate had to go back before she could go forward and was still struggling some and terrified of the third grade and here she had made the A/B Honor Roll the first term.

But she told me that she wanted to make the All A honor roll this nine weeks…I congratulated her on her grit and determination but reassured her that the A/B was really excellent too…And Lo and Behold she made the Straight A Honor Roll this term.


*When I asked Mandy who or what was turning the light of learning on to Eva Cate I was told it was her teacher…whom Eva Cate adores and she wanted to make the straight A’s for her…once again the power of a teacher…such an amazing calling and it is a calling.




Jake wanted to hold up his report card too and I was assured he was a very good little boy in his four year old compulsory class…I told Jakie of that I had no doubt! So proud of him too! Too cute!!

*Is it just me or are these report cards huge? I would sure hate to be the kid with the ‘not so great’ report card…it is like you are carrying a poster around with you advertising your lack luster results.

I found Tommy’s pre-school progress report and it was about a third the size of these report cards today the grandchildren brought home. One thing I can say is that you can’t hide them from your parents by stuffing’em in your backpack…they’re too big.




Mollie told me Berkeley’s report cards are 4,3,2,1 instead of letters…the times…they are a changing...I think one must need a map to decipher the report card findings. 🙂 Every district seems to do its own thing.





About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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2 Responses to Want to Forget Your Troubles for a Day…Enter the world of a Two-Year-Old!

  1. Beverly Dufford says:

    Beautiful grandchildren! They grow and change so fast. Good you are close enough to see them often. My boys are long time gone, and I cherish getting to see them a few times a year. Cam, the army guy, will be sent from Colorado back to Georgia for some kind of training for 40 days. We plan to go down to Fort Benning to see him. They have the most wonderful museum of the history of all the wars there. Every history major should see it. My girl is in the AR musical called High School Musical in February, making a decision on college, and then graduating. You better hold tight to those grands, or in a twinkling of an eye, you will be watching them walk across a stage in a funny looking cap.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      I know Jo…I know….the age old question…how to freeze-frame time? i don’t mind getting older as much as watching my children and grandchildren do so…they are supposed to stay still and just let the grand-mothers age.


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