It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Poppy the Chipper

This kid is the happiest tot I’ve had in care for a long time. She has her moments, sure. She struggles a little with anxiety, though much less than before. She can pout and whine — she’s three after all. But all in all, the most consistently upbeat little human it’s my pleasure to know.

She’s also verbal. (She’s three.) Very verbal. Ceaselessly verbal. A steady stream of chatter flows from this girl, but because it’s 99.9% happy chatter, it’s utterly charming. Yes, my ears do get tired, but my heart? Never. (And does Mary feel a little goofy for expressing herself with such sentimental cheesiness as ‘heart’? Yes. But it’s true, nonetheless.)

The children are wrestling with some Big Problem. How to move a chair around the dining table so they can all sit on the same side, I think, and one chair leg had gotten snagged on a table leg. Daniel is frustrated, and Rosie is shouting at the chair.

“It’s okay, guys!” says Poppy, full of confident positivity. “We can fix it! We are the Solution Gang!”

Adorable, I tell you.

December 11, 2013 - Posted by | individuality, Poppy, the things they say! | ,


  1. This made MY heart happy, too. Poppy’s positive attitude must be catching!

    It often is, with the other children, and pretty nearly always, with me. This child is a GEM, I tell you.

    (Also: I was commenting on your latest post at precisely the same minute you were commenting on mine. Heehee.)

    Comment by Hannah | December 11, 2013 | Reply

  2. I love having a child that one gem in the bunch! It makes life interesting! I love all the kids but there’s always one that seems to shine!

    Comment by Jennifer | December 11, 2013 | Reply

  3. I have her soul mate Nate also 3. Also articulate and wise beyond his years. Considerate, polite and thoughtful. It will be a sad day when he leaves me in September for school. It will be so quiet.
    My own 3 yr old daughter has lost an upper front tooth this week (and possibly more due to mysterious premature root absorption). She looks like she took a hockey puck to the face. Nate said to her “do you know how beautiful you are”….bless his darling heart.
    Last week he said grandma’s teeth go in the pink jar at night and grampa’s teeth go in the blue jar. How can we can frustrated with all that chatting when you might here a jem like that!

    Comment by K from London ON | December 11, 2013 | Reply

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