You know that Thanksgiving is right around the corner because 2016 holiday season advertising is beginning to fill the stores and the airwaves. With only ATE days until “I 8 Too Much Today” Day, here are a few reasons why toddlers and turkeys have so much in common.
Have you ever noticed that toddlers and turkeys have a lot in common? For example:
- They both make you very tired: one from tryptophan and the other from moving their mouths and limbs at 1000 miles per minute.
- Both run away when you try to catch them: though they have different reasons for this, they are both highly motivated to stay out of your grasp.
- They both eat food off the ground: turkeys peck at seeds in the barnyard or forest; toddlers have no problem helping themselves to that raisin they dropped on the carpet three days before.
- Neither can fly, but this doesn’t keep them from trying: one has wings and aims for the branch of a nearby tree; the other wears a cape and launches himself off the back of the couch.
- They both get food all over them: one gets smothered in gravy and cranberry sauce, the other gets covered in just about everything at mealtimes, from spaghetti to cream cheese, despite a napkin and a bib.
- They are both comical: one has that ridiculous red wattle dangling from its face while the other sometimes puts pants on his head.
- They both tend to waddle: one has skinny little legs holding up a round body; the other has chubby legs and a bulky diaper gradually filling to capacity.
- They express themselves with unique and incomprehensible sounds: one gobbles, and the other sometimes speaks with gibberish simply to entertain himself.
- They’re both scrumptious: of course you don’t want to actually eat your toddlers, but sometimes they’re so cute you could just “eat them up.”
Jocelyn Jane Cox is a freelance writer and author. Her 2012 humor book on life in the New York suburbs, The Homeowner’s Guide to Greatness: How to handle natural disasters, design dilemmas and various infestations, is available on Amazon.com. Follow her on Twitter at @JocelynJaneCox.