Perpetually Peeved

The World According to Smalls

At the age of four, Smalls has to be the smartest person I know.  One of my favorite things in life are the conversations we have on our daily commute.  While my pocketbook is excited that she starts kindergarten next year, part of me is really sad that we won’t have our quality time anymore.   So, for now, I’m going to enjoy it while I can.  Here are five things I’ve learned from my four-year-old.


Smalls: I love Connor.

Peeved: Who is Connor?

Smalls: The boy in my class.  In the brown shirt.

Peeved: Oh, well, why do you love him?

Smalls: Because, he is nice to me and he plays with me all the time.

Peeved: Don’t you love the rest of your friends?

Smalls: Yes, but I love Connor the most.  He makes mud pies with me and plays Scooby-Doo with me.

Peeved: That’s why you love him the most?

Smalls: Yep.  Mommy, do you want to know how much I love Connor?

Peeved: Sure, honey, how much?

Smalls: Look.

I love Connor THIS much.

Peeved: Wow, Smalls, that sure is a lot.

Smalls: I know.

Peeved: Well, does Connor love you back?

Smalls:  Yep.

Peeved: How do you know?

Smalls: I already told you.  He plays with me.  He sits next to me.  He gets messy with me.  And, he gives me hugs before I leave every day.

Peeved: Sounds a lot like love to me, peanut.


Smalls: Mommy.

Peeved: Yes, Smalls.

Smalls: Mommy.

Peeved: Yes, Smalls.

Smalls: Mommy!

Peeved: I hear you!  What?

Smalls: Can you get my froggy?

Peeved: What?

Smalls: Can you get my little cute red froggy?  It fell on the floor.  There.  Behind your seat.

Peeved: Well, I can’t right now, I’m helping your sister with her bag.

Smalls: Well, you got two hands!

I'm just sayin'...


Mr. Peeved: Smalls, who’s the prettiest girl in the whole wide world?

Smalls: Mommy.

Mr. Peeved: Mommy is?  Not you?

Smalls: Me, too.

Peeved: Smalls, who’s the handsomest boy in the whole wide world?

Smalls: Uncle Mike.

Peeved: Don’t you mean Daddy?

Smalls: No, Uncle Mike.

Personally, I think her Dad had a point.


Smalls: Mommy, can I have a dog?

Peeved: No.

Smalls: Why not? ‘Cause your allergic?

Peeved: Um, yes, I’m allergic.

Smalls: But, you could just stay in your room all day long.  You could watch TV and read books and Daddy and I can bring you food.

Peeved: Tempting, but, no.  We have cats, those are your pets.


Smalls: Mommy, what would happen if the cats died?

Peeved: Well, Smalls, they would go to cat heaven.

Smalls: And, then we could get a dog?

Peeved: No, then we wouldn’t have any pets and we would be sad.

Smalls: I wouldn’t be sad.  I don’t even like those cats.


Smalls: Oh, mommy, look at that doggie.

Peeved: It’s so cute, Smalls.

Smalls: Yep, I want one just like it.

Peeved: Black and white?

Smalls: Yes, but small and fluffy like Aunt Banana’s dog.  You know Aunt Banana is not allergic to dogs.  I could live at her house.

5 — YOU SHOULD ALWAYS SING LIKE NO ONE ELSE IS LISTENING. (And, you may want to lay off the RockBand!)
*Click on the photo – it should take you to a Flickr video.  It’s too late in the day and I don’t have patience with WP to try and figure out why it’s not embedding properly.*

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She is beautiful. And I swear there is nothing cuter on earth than a chatty 4 year old.

Comment by Conflicted Mean Girl

I don’t know… a SLEEPING 4-year-old can be pretty darn cute, too. 😉

Comment by perpetuallypeeved

Your best post yet! Your kiddo is so freakin adorable!! Where’s the “love” button 🙂

Comment by pbandchutney

Thank you PB&C! Ooh, a “love” button could make things interesting around here. 😉

Comment by perpetuallypeeved

She is A-frickin-dorable! Isn’t it amazing how practical and grown-up kids can sound at that age? You take a second look, just to make sure they didn’t sprout up to adult-size while you weren’t looking!

Comment by Brea

I know. Sometimes I secretly record her so I can play it back to her when she’s 12 and lost all her senses… 😉

Comment by perpetuallypeeved

Those are awesome pictures! What a cutie! 🙂

Comment by redriverpak

Thank you! Like I said yesterday, there’s a reason God makes ’em so cute. 🙂

Comment by perpetuallypeeved

pp- you just made my day! thank you for making this angry, bitter woman smile.
and i want to give smalls the biggest hug! i love that kid.

Comment by katie o.

You are welcome to come on over for a hug and some ice cream any time. That’s always enough for this angry, bitter woman. 🙂

Comment by perpetuallypeeved

Kid after my own heart – I LOVE that you taught her Bon Jovi. Teach on, wise one, teach on.

Comment by Brooke

Oh, it’s even better with her lyrics (I’ll have to transcribe one day). This kid kicks some serious RockBand butt! 😉

Comment by perpetuallypeeved

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Biggie and Smalls. Mom do you live in Pleasantville where the Reader’s Digest( who has never even sent a rejection letter for my 6,437 submissions) is located? So Middle America. I honesty say that with envy because my two were called Suspect#1 and Suspect#2. PS How did you convince the dear child that the pictured wad of dryer lint is a dog? Do dig her Elton John glasses though. Groovy!

Comment by carldagostino

Thank you. I haven’t convinced her the dog isn’t dryer lint – in fact, she’s still trying to convince me of it.

Comment by perpetuallypeeved

holy adorableness batman! She is so cute. I’m with you on the dog thing- I’m not allergic but who wants to hunt for crap in the backyard???

Comment by Jamie

Bless you. We are alike in so many ways. 😉

Comment by perpetuallypeeved

What else is there to say except she is stinkin’ cute. And of course she loves Connor. They share common interests and at the end of a long time of Scooby Doo, he STILL gives her a hug even when she’s a messy-mud-pie! Even I love Connor.

Great post.

Comment by Renée A. Schuls-Jacobson

Thank you! She’s on the right track, for sure.

Comment by perpetuallypeeved

I just feel sorry for Connor, or whichever other young lad it is, who tries to permanently move in between Smalls and her Mum…

Comment by gallowaygrave

Oh, that kid’s got no shot. 😉

Comment by perpetuallypeeved

I love this – Smalls is just about the most beautiful four-yr-old I’ve ever seen. Smart, too. Love that – thanks for sharing this.

Comment by izziedarling

Thank you. I think so too, but I’m a wee bit biased. 🙂

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