Thursday, November 20, 2008

Two smart for me.

I walked into the empty kitchen a bit ago (having been upstairs curling my hair) and thought: "Oh, my mom must be here." My sister in law's blog was opened on the computer screen, and "Skid Row" was playing festively on iTunes.

But several minutes passed, and no mom in sight. Then my kiddo came in. "Mommy, I want to see that picture." He was referring to one of the pictures on the blog, and that's when I realized HE was the iTune listening blogger, not my mom. When I left to curl my hair, he'd been on a stool at the counter watching a cartoon on the computer. Now the computer was turned the other direction, focused on other business. Though Cairo is two years old, I hardly batted an eye-- I did roll them, I'll admit-- since it meant he'd climbed on the counter and toyed with the computer AGAIN. But that's Cairo. He knows more about navigating that computer than anyone. He knows the laptop too. It was a rough beginning, of course, three times tearing off the keys on the keyboard (for a total of $600 in damage) in his young and wild days. Now that he is two years and ten months, he has shown true maturity in his choices, preferring iTunes and Photobooth to keyboard carnage. I'd buy a bumpersticker if they sold one for such occasions.

This is the same kid, of course, who sends text messages to friends and family on my iPhone that say glsdkfalsddsfp kl jklsjdr rrrsoooooosls,s, and other such enlightening things. He can easily navigate through my 68 applications on the phone, including the camera, iTunes (see a pattern here?) and YouTube, which is the one that alarms me most. He found a talking corndog on YouTube that I thought was clever until it started cursing. I yanked the phone from him aghast and alarmed that my two year old had been exposed to swearing corndogs at the tender age of two when in 36 years, I have yet to meet one. Oh, technology.

Well I just switched computers so I could post pictures from Cairo's photobooth shoots, and found him upstairs in my room (because I'd gone downstairs, of course...maybe we'd do better in a single level home) and this time it was the printer he was playing with. Photocopies, another favorite past time. Honestly, I can't keep up with this kid. But I sure like him.




WAS THAT FOOTSTEPS I HEARD?

IS SHE COMING???
ONE MORE QUICK ONE.
OH NO, I DEFINITELY HEAR HER NOW!

HURRY AND GET OFF, MAYBE SHE WON'T NOTICE.

UH OH. HANDS ON HIPS. SHE'S MAD.

CAIRO. YOU NEED TO STOP. NEVER PLAY ON PHOTO BOOTH WITHOUT MOMMY.


I WOULD HATE TO MISS THE ROLLER COASTER RIDE!

OR THE TRIP TO THE MOON.

AND LOOK HOW WE LOOK LIKE GHOSTS!


OK, MAKE ROOM FOR MY TURN.


NOT FAIR FOR CAIRO TO HAVE ALL THE FUN.


AND THIS, MY FRIENDS, IS WHY I AM LESS EFFECTIVE IN MY "DON'T GET ON THAT COMPUTER" PARENTING SKILLS. MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO.

8 comments:

Team Biddle said...

OK:

A. I have that same t-shirt!
B. Noah and Cairo have to meet sometime, they could take over the world. Noah can navigate the t.v., dvd player like a pro.
C. Maybe we can parlay this into somekind of money making machine. Sell their skills on Craigslist? :)

Amy Coontz said...

Isn't it amazing that we didn't even have computers when we were 2!! Or internet til our 20's!

Dan said...

It's amazing what kids pick up. Hannah is only 3 (almost 4) and she can get on the computer to play her cartoons and scroll through web pages. The first time she did it I was blown away. I had no idea she was already so savvy.

Bobbie said...

I love that Cairo is already so computer savvy! Very impressive child you have. I go volunteer in John's kindergarten class each week during computer time--which now consists of the computer specialist bringing in a set of Mac laptops so that each child can learn on a personal computer. It's a far cry from my computer time in elementary school!

Mandee said...

I LOVE two year olds. And I love those play by play pictures. Seriously the best.

Lisa said...

Gosh, I've got sign Zoe up for a "mommy and me" computer class. We are way behind in the times.

Anonymous said...

We love our Cairo! He is our amazing two year old grandson. So, so cute!
Love, Papa LeRoy and Grandma T

Tami said...

What a smartie and a cutie. Annie just magnifies the screen or turns off the computer. Drives me crazy!