To me, age 3 is right about the golden age of childhood. At least from a parent's perspective. The child's vocabulary is expanding by leaps and bounds, they've cleared the diapers stage, there's an uninhibited glee they often express over the seemingly littlest things and their personality blossoms. Judah is our resident 3-year-old and he has a way of putting things that is just so, well, Judah.
For example, one evening a while back he came to me with a very serious question. "Dad," he said, "can you keep an eye on me?"
After suppressing a laugh, because he was quite earnest, I told him I sure could. Then I asked why he wanted me to keep an eye on him.
"I might be up to something," he said.
I told him I appreciated the heads up and then went and kept an eye on him.
The other morning after getting up and playing for a while he came to me while I was in the kitchen. He had some news he wanted to share with me.
"My tummy tells me I'm hungry," he said.
I told him it's good to listen to our tummies when they tell us they are hungry.*
Another thing about Judah is that he loves music. He loves to sing and is always busting out in song. His current favorite is King and Country's "Fix My Eyes." Part of the chorus goes, "Fight for the weak ones, speak out for freedom, find faith in the battle, stand tall but above it all..."
The other night Judah was singing at the top of his lungs his own version of "Fix My Eyes." The chorus went like this: "Fight for the freak ones, find faith in the bathtub."
I love it. I actually like his version better than the original.
*Unless you're like me and have listened to your tummy tell you it's hungry way too much. There are times you shouldn't listen to your tummy when it tells you that it's hungry.