I’ve mentioned before that I teach Sunday school for two and three year olds. I’ve been doing it on and off for over 20 years. Most people don’t volunteer to teach these little ones, which is fine with me because I love them.
They are a delight. Once they get passed being afraid (which isn’t bad because they ask to sit on my lap and they snuggle—I miss when my own kids were snuggle bunnies), they are completely honest.
For example, (disclaimer—this one is from many years ago) I asked a little boy to sit in his chair. With sparkling eyes, he said, “Mrs. Keller, what if I say ‘no?’” I said, “Oh, sweetheart, if you say, ‘no,’ then I will have to tell your daddy.” He pondered that for half a second and then sat in his chair.
Then there are the three year olds who try to “shock” me. Of course, what shocks a three year old is not what shocks an adult. One of my favorites is when I pass out animals crackers.
3 year old: “Mrs. Keller, I hate cookies.”
Me: Oh, that’s too bad. Well, you don’t have to have any if you don’t want them.
3 year old, looking terribly indecisive, says nothing. At which point, I surreptitiously slid the child two animal crackers.
And there are the three year old misunderstandings of the world.
Me: There was going to be a famine in Egypt and the people would have nothing to eat.
3 year old: In Egypt they eat only skeletons
Me, trying to figure this out: What?
3 y.o.: They don’t have food. They eat bones.
Me, light coming on: Are you talking about mummies?
3 y.o nods, looking quite pleased with himself
Me: Mummifying is what they did with dead bodies. They didn’t eat them.
3yo, looking disappointed but resigned: Oh.
And, of course, I always have shoe/purse/jewelry bonding. No matter how shy, every two or three year old girl is eager to show you her shoes/purse/jewelry and discuss its merits. And I admit that I’ve worn certain earrings/necklaces/shoes because I knew that “my girls” would love it.