How Toddlers Give Gifts

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Jude was at a birthday party today.  I'm pretty sure he had already told the boy, the boy's grandma, and several of his friends, what we were getting him for a present before he left preschool on Friday.

You see, with Karenna, we'd play a little brainwashing game where I'd wrap a gift in front of her and no matter what it was, I'd call it a lump of coal and maker her repeat that:

Me: What did we get Daddy? A lump of...
Karenna: A lump of coal.
Me: What is it really?
Karenna: It's a lump of coal.


With Jude, however, the stubborn little guy refuses to play along.  It upsets his reality:

Me: What did we get your friend? It's a lump of coal.
Jude: No, it's Star Wars people.
Me: I know that, but we can't say that until he opens the present. We say lump of coal.  It's a lump of coal.
Jude (getting angry): No, it's not.
Me (attempting a compromise): How about we say it's a surprise?
Jude: No!


So, when we get to the party, I find that little boys and girls are all fighting to reveal their gifts to the birthday boy.  One little boy goes to far, nearly pulling the gift out and revealing it.  His mother takes him away, leaving the gift behind.  That's where my boys comes in...

Jude (reaching into the other boy's gift bag to take a peak): It's a Spiderman!

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