A Toddler Lives Here


A toddler lives here.

You can tell the minute you cross the threshold. There’s a slight toddler smell (yes, that smell), and all surfaces under two feet high are slightly sticky. Crumbs riddle the floor beneath the striped high chair, flanked by a few drops of dried milk.

If you listen closely you will occasionally hear screams of disapproval followed by a passionate “NO!” You will hear pouting, fussing, and grunts of frustration.

There are toys strewn about the floor and hidden in every nook and cranny.  There’s a pile of stuffed animals in the middle of the hall. Regular household items like remotes, cups, pens and dishrags are in various locations around the house. You can find a dog-hair covered paci in each and every room, as well as a pack of baby wipes. There’s a dirty diaper wrapped tightly in a ball, sitting on the bathroom sink. Tiny stained shirts, shoes, and pants litter the laundry room floor.

The house looks lived in – no, worn down – most days.

A toddler lives here.

But, keep looking, and you will see a block tower built with such care and pride. It’s only three blocks high but it’s a wonder.  You will see a little metal pot with a toy egg, onion, and piece of watermelon, used to make the most wonderful stew! You’ll see a tiny shopping cart full of odds and ends, a princess doll on the coffee table next to her prince. You’ll see a basket full of books that’s been poured out on the floor, favorites open and worn already.

Laughter and squeals ring throughout the house. The tiny pitter-patter of chubby feet coming down the hall is like sweet music. Clapping hands and  excited cheers fill the room. You’ll hear the sound of every toy that makes noise. A little voice sings along with the pink teapot and its cup.

A toothy little grin, a drool-filled face, round, pink cheeks, and sparkling doe eyes light up the room and fill the house with more love than it has ever known.

A toddler lives here.


3 thoughts on “A Toddler Lives Here

  1. Pat Miller says:

    Love this description of your life. In the future you and your daughter and also your husband will have this great record of her life. You have a great talent for writing like your Mom. Enjoyed pictures from their quick visit to your family.


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