Before and After: The “I” in Maxwell’s meaning of “TEAM”
I beg to differ when it comes to the wildly popular slogan, “There’s no I in TEAM”.
Now that I have two littles growing up together, I definitely see that there is “I” in “TEAM”, and yet it still works.
The oldest of my two littles (Adelyne is 9, so she will not be included in this blog) is Maxwell. He is 2, approaching 3.
My youngest is Josephine. She just turned 14 months.
And this is how my house functions with the “I” in “TEAM”.
Josephine is playing with something. Maxwell wants it. He takes it. Josephine is left without it. Josephine cries. Josephine wants it back. Max now SOLELY wants the very item he just took from his sister.
And, yet, she still plays with him, and they giggle and laugh and play some more.
When Josephine is in her high chair or upstairs for a nap, Maxwell insists, “Put GoGo Baby down, Momma!” or “Get GoGo Baby up, Momma!” (GoGo Baby is his term of endearment for her). He is not complete without her. Even if he wants every item she has—just for himself!
So, right now, there is “I” in “TEAM”. Maxwell is the “I”. But without Josephine by his side, he still does not feel complete. Like a whole TEAM.
Time will teach them both that eventually the “I” will have to become the “Ours”. In the meantime, there is a pecking order with their teamwork, and it works for just fine for Maxwell.
Josephine? Well, let’s just say, Maxwell is lucky that she is just a wee one.
One day, she will grow, and he may have to abdicate his throne. Or perhaps there will be a coup?
Only time will tell with this “TEAM” 😉