She Says… “Happy Harmonica!”

Yesterday Owen and I had a playdate at a friend’s house who celebrates Hanukkah. Owen has demonstrated such a strong understanding of Christmas (well, as far as Santa and presents and reindeer and sleighs are concerned) that I decided to test the waters discussing Hanukkah on our drive to their house.

Me: You know, your friend Jonah celebrates Hannukah instead of Christmas. That means he won’t have a Christmas tree, but he’ll have some pretty candles called a menorah instead. You can say, “Happy Hanukkah” to him, instead of “Merry Christmas” (Owen’s new favorite thing is to yell HAPPY CHRISTMAS as loud as he can into everyone’s face).

Owen: Yeah! HAPPY HARMONICA, JONAH!

Since we haven’t delved into Jesus or religion or personal beliefs with Owen yet, I decided to steer clear of the bigger discussion here. Still, Owen didn’t bat an eyelash that some people do one thing, and others do something different. Similarly, I recently casually threw into conversation that some families have a mommy and a daddy, and some families have two mommies, or two daddies, or lots of parents, or one parent. With the same wide-eyed smile, he just said, “Yeah!”.

No questions asked. Total acceptance.

Adults could learn a LOT from 2 year olds sometimes.

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5 responses to “She Says… “Happy Harmonica!”

  1. I love it. I’ve never even met him, and Owen is beyond a doubt my favorite two year old–you are such a good mommy.

  2. I was showing Ethan some pics of my friend’s new baby girl and I mentioned to Ethan that she has two daddies. Ethan’s response: “That’s cool.” Simple as that. Love it.

  3. Cameron loves to point out that he has “two nannies” all the time. I think he thinks it’s special to have two :-)

    For kicks on the way to day care today I said, “Do you know why we celebrate Christmas and why we get presents?” (not entirely true, but trying to including something he understands). He says, “Why?” I say, “Because it’s baby Jesus’ birthday!” and he says, “No, Nanny’s birthday.” I laughed so hard!

  4. Happy Harmonica, I love it! I may start using it myself.

  5. @RainbowCatcher, Thank you! He is a sweetie, for sure.

    @Carly, I LOVE THAT. It’s so simple. Why can’t it be that simple for everyone else?

    @Angie, That’s so cute. My niece’s birthday is actually on Christmas and my brother keeps asking her, “Who has a birthday on Christmas?”. She alternates between saying “Tori!” and “Baby Jesus!”. The way their little minds process this information is precious.

    @Jen, I know, right? So cute!

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