Several things I know about 3 year olds:
They love Cheerios.
They love Mickey Mouse.
They certainly like to wake up early.
They love talking about body parts. Loudly. In public.
They love Springsteen, Petty, Buffett, and U2 (at least ours does & all of them should, right?)
They love the word WHY and use it incessantly.
They can save your life.
I did not realize the last item until reading about Alesaundra Tafoya, a toddler in Northern Cali. Last Friday, while playing at home, her Father collapsed. Alesaundra walked several blocks to the Manteca Fire Department and asked the Firefighters to come to her home. She told them her Father was "frozen" and would not get up.
Firefighters took her home immediately and upon arriving, took her Father to the ER. Medical personnel said without this prompt attention, Mr. Tafoya would have died. The Fire Captain said in 20 years he had never witnessed an ER call made by a toddler.
Her parents have been teaching her about precaution and safety. Said her mother, "She has been listening...and that is good."
I hope this is a situation we never find ourselves in, but should we, I hope we have not only taught our son what to do but instilled in him the confidence and wherewithal to act independently.
'Atta baby, Alesaundra. Bravo for you for this happy ending. You did something so much larger than you could possibly understand now. Precisely the kind of good news I love.
Have a fantastic weekend.