All kids say cute things, and for some reason, they are even cuter when it’s said by a toddler. My youngest daughter, Mele, didn’t really start talking until she was 2. All of my concern, however, was needless as once she started, she never hushed up. Out of all of her millions of words, though, my favorite came down to these 5. “Oh, mom! I’m so exciting!” The first time she uttered those words, I had just told her we were going to Magic Mountain. Her older sister, Lani, jumped up and down, clapping her hands and shouting “Yay!”. Mele joined her in jumping up and down, but shouted “Oh Mom! I’m so exciting!” Lani and I stopped in our tracks, cocked our heads, wondering “what the heck,” and then it hit us that she meant she was so excited. I didn’t correct her though, cause it was adorable.
One of my most embarrassing moments with Mele’s toddler talk came on a bus ride. I truly tried to figure out what would have made her say these words and never could. As in most cases, I think, her timing was what made it particularly embarrassing, but it was also her exuberance. I was going through a divorce and did not have a car, so public transportation was our only way to get around. It was a particularly bad marriage and this happened in that particularly raw period after the breakup. I had sworn I’d never look at another man once my divorce was over, but don’t recall ever talking about dating or my future with any other man in front of my children at all. That kind of talk was usually kept for private with me and my grandmother whom we were hanging out with a lot. Also, during this time, Mele was fairly withdrawn, not talking as much as usual so her speaking out so boldly in public was in and of itself different, but she also picked the most outrageous statement to make. We had been taking the bus for about three months and were sitting in one of the front seats that face inward. About two women and three men had already gotten on when a very nice looking, young man, about my age got on. Mele stood up in her seat when she saw him, pointed at him and said in her loudest voice and her biggest smile, as though she had found the one for me, “Mommy! There’s a man!” Everyone on the busted out laughing and I sunk down in my seat.