moving up

i still haven’t gone climbing
but i imagine that two year old
was doing some things right

gripping tight with fleshy fingers
and digging those toddler toes
into spaces that would hold
her weight and allow her
to push with her legs

i’ve got a sore belly button
strands of hair lost
and a dirtier mouth
that says that girl
is on her way

not so terrible twos

grumpy’s normally grumpy
whenever i’ve seen her
always right before or after
a nap or being sick

but this time she was
well and rested
chatty and friendly

she shared her fruit loops
while teaching me their colors
and gave hugs at the beginning
and end of the visit

she keeps this up and
grumpy’s gonna need
a new nickname