Julianna is highly quotable. She has the gift of finding the right words at the right time — and with the right delivery.
This is a collection of her best one (and two) liners, in rough chronological order.
18 months (approximately)
Like most kids, Julianna learned to talk by mimicking. She’s still really good at this.
We moved to Arizona when Alex was two years and Julianna was 4 months old. We hit gold with daycare providers again. For over two years, a wonderful woman named Margi cared for our children. Her home was as clean as it was warm, and it housed four generations of her family. Her husband, Frank, also helped. As Margi said, J had him “wrapped around her little finger…tight!” There were many arms to hold and love Julianna. For a while, Margi worried that this was the reason that Julianna didn’t walk.
As you can imagine, J’s verbal skills did not lag. She was a chatterbox from the beginning. One day while I was driving her and Alex home, she said:
“Frank says I talk too much. That’s not fair!”
I started recording Julianna’s words in a journal shortly after she turned 4. This is a list of one-liners that she used starting at age 3. I think that she learned most of these from her favorite TV shows.
— All right, all right, girlfriend.
— Relax, princess!
— Sing it, baby!
— Don’t freak out.
— What the heck?
This one is a Julianna original. She still says it a lot
“I love everyone – except for bad guys.”
Julianna really hates bedtime.
Me: It’s bedtime, Julianna
J: No it’s not. Bed, with a circle and a line through it!
(She was verbalizing a prohibition sign for “no bed”. I was not able to find one on the internet – such is the stuff of her imagination).
J is in her room. She sneezes.
J: I must be allergic to chandeliers.
J does not like messy hair. Hair is not my priority.
J (to me): Your hair is unpleasant.
J is with Steve. She is being impatient about something.
S: Hold your horses!
J: I don’t have horses. I have ponies.
Shortly before her 5th birthday:
J’s nurse: So Julianna, what are you going to wear for your birthday?
J: My birthday suit, of course. Naked!! (pronounced NAY-ked…)
(This is my personal favorite. She said it just a few days ago.)
I know that it’s weird, but I can’t be around feathers because I am scared of birds. Julianna knows this.
A few days ago, I find some feathers in her room. I ask her where they came from.
J: It wasn’t me! I can’t walk, remember?