two-and-a-half

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As of last week, Alice is 2-and-a-half years old. Closer to preschool than to infancy and just barely a toddler anymore.

I start to see a little girl when I look at her – I mean, a kid. As opposed to a baby. And for the first time ever, I am holding a list of classroom supplies – glue sticks and crayons and a watercolor palette – that I need to buy in time for the first day of school next week. 

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She’ll be the youngest in her class and likely the smallest. We had the option of holding her back with the 2-year-olds for another year, but I think she’s ready. I think she’ll hold her own. 

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Lately she is more theatrically sensitive than she has been in the past. If we raise our voices just a little – or even put the slightest edge on them – she scolds us, “Don’t mao me!”

Don’t mao me. That makes us all laugh. I think it might be a mispronunciation of “yell?” 

Or maybe she’s just highly literate. 

Honestly, both explanations are equally plausible.

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One thought on “two-and-a-half

  1. Happy 2.5 to your little girl! I wonder too about this age, as mine is the same as yours. Are they still toddlers? Preschoolers? Either way, they’re growing up :)

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