‘I want the green one, Mummy, the GREEEEEEN OOOONNNEE!’
My two-year-old certainly knows what he likes.
I fish the last green battery out of the jar, then discover that his toy car needs two batteries.
‘They both have to be green, Mummy!’
I drive to seven different shops looking for green batteries. They only have packs of 100 left. At least I know he’ll be happy for a very long time.
The second I walk through the door he greets me with:
‘I don’t like green anymore, Mummy. I like red now.
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61 responses to “The grass is always greener (Friday Fictioneers)”
“Of course he does” – such a perfect summing up of the senseless, changeable nature of young children.
“Of course” are two words that help me get through every day with my (currently 16mo) daughter – I really felt the narrator’s pain in this story!
Thank you for your lovely comment. And so glad you could relate 🙂
No doubt every parent in this group will relate to your story. I could feel her frustration in the last line.
Thanks so much for your comment Rochelle. And very exciting about you getting on TV!! Good luck!!
I chuckled reading your story. Many parents could relate their own green story!
Thanks Lindy – glad you could relate 🙂
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Ha.. there is a point when you just say no… it’s green or nothing sweetie…:-) but we always let ourselves be led by those little minds don’t we?
We sure do!!! He certainly leads our house despite me 2 years ago saying something like ‘I’ll NEVER be I one of THOSE parents!’
Hehe – been there!
It’s both absolutely wonderful and absolutely frustrating all at the same time.
Yep, that’s the fickleness of a child. Cute story!
Thank you, glad you liked it.
Of course he does….so frustratingly sweet…or maybe sweetly frustrating? But what can you do…I enjoyed your story!
Thanks for stopping by to read and for the lovely comments!
Chuckle! Of course he likes red. She should have known that! LOL! Nice story!
Thanks for the comment Caerlynn 🙂
Oh yes! How that made me smile, Jessie.
Thank you Sandra! Glad it had that effect.
‘Almost’ makes me glad that my children and grandchildren have grown up.
I know what you mean. I want this stage to end, and at the same time I don’t want him to change a bit 🙂
Reminds me of when mine were young, they never wanted anything they needed it!
We’ve had many days like this lately! Thanks for reading 🙂
Still smiling! That took me back to a time and place of sheer happiness and great frustration! If there was a way to express ‘motherhood’ you’ve summed it up nicely… 🙂
Thank you Carolyn. I’m right in the midst of it now, so seeing those batteries it was all I could think of.
True words, Jessie. Motherhood does that; it requires all of us, body and soul… 😉
LOL..of course he does.
Thanks Dawn, glad I could make you laugh.
The words of every mother echoed in a single line. Haha of course he does. 😂 thanks for the giggle.
Thank you for reading and glad I could make you laugh!
I can totally relate to your story, Jessie, but I can’t help loving the notion of a young child exploring the world and what they find special at an given moment! You’ve captured the whims of a 2 year old beautifully.
Thanks Di for your lovely comment!
Sounds about par for the course for a 2 year old. Personally, I would have attempted to change the subject as they tend to be easily distracted to make him forget about what color batteries I was using before I drove to seven different shops.
Good point, but there’s no way I could have told that in 100 words 😉
It probably wouldn’t have been as interesting either.
A fickle little one isn’t he?
They all are 🙂
A great mix of the joys and frustrations of parenthood. Lovely story Jessie 🙂
Thank you Siobhan, glad you thought so!
Oooh you’re such a thinker!!
That is both charming and adorable, and perfectly sums up the fleeting nature of childhood’s obsessions (plus the frustration they probably engender in patient adults).
Thank you Dreamer! That’s lovely to hear 🙂
Hahahahaha! Of course he does. Priceless. Kids and their notions — unbelievable. Great story, Jessie!
Thanks so much for the lovely comment!!
Boy, you hit the thumb on the nail with that one, Jessie. It’s amazing how quickly something can go from critical to useless in their eyes.
Of course he does! Hahaha. Such an adorable read. In enjoyed it. 😀
Thanks so much for reading and commenting!
My pleasure, Jessie! 🙂
Wouldn’t you just know it- only one green battery in the jar!
Thanks Fuzzy 🙂
Very cute story. Having a collection of different colours of everything sounds helpful. 😀
Thank you for stopping by and commenting 🙂
Green has an odd effect on kids when it’s on their dinner plate, too. Strange. I echo everyone’s praise, Jessie. A lovely picture of the capriciousness of a two year old.
Thank you Margaret! And you’re so right about the green on the plate too!
Nice story with a sense of humor! I agree with other readers that it feels very realistic! : )
Thank you Emily!
Cute story! If only my kids were still that age ….
They’re ever so frustrating and ever so adorable at this age!