What is with the jumping, and the climbing, and the throwing of random objects? I had a plastic orange ball skin the side of my face while I was cooking supper, another one, a mid-sized basket ball this time, fly past my noggin just as I was about to sip my well deserved wine. I went to scold my expecting four-year old and his little brother, but noticed that they, along with my husband had snuck away. Why is that jumping off couches, tables, chairs, beds, dump trucks, stairs, boxes, benches, soccer balls and stuffed animals is a necessary component in earning the “I AM BOY” badge of honour? Is there no other way to express their vigor, their constant need to move, or show whoever is witnessing how incredible they are? I know they are incredible, is this not enough?
I wonder why they have this need to climb too. I wonder if they feel they need to stretch their little limbs to their full capacity and see if their little fingers can really hold their body weight as they cling to the top of the refrigerator? I thought maybe this is some innate need to identify with their masculinity, but then I realized that this may simply be that they want to be a super-hero, or a spider or anything else that may climb and jump. Thoughts?
In trying to curb the boys from flinging their miniature man bodies from counter top to floor or from couch to head on bookshelf fiascos, we were given a mini trampoline. Problem solved….or so I thought. As it turns out, trampolines are just another piece of equipment to use in jumping higher to jump off, or to jump on to random objects. Not only this, Little A who is now treading in two-year old land, loves to jump on this thing, the problem is that his coördination is lacking, so instead of being able to land firmly on his two very solid toddler legs, he wobbles and bobbles and WHAM, head on bookshelf or he has toppled over his poor noggin knocking something in its path, usually a toy train.
It is not possible to wrap my house in sponge or memory foam, no. It is not possible to live without my fridge or any other tall objects, no. It is possible to keep scolding and telling my kids, “If you don’t cut that jumping out I’LL TAKE YOU OUT……….to dinner.
Here’s to hoping that someone will take me out…..to dinner of course, without jumping or climbing at least for a little while.