One of the funniest things in the world is to start a conversation with a toddler who hasn’t quite fully grasped the ins and outs of spoken language. It tends to cause humor while you’re in a long line at the checkout register.
Little kids are so wise, have you noticed? I once had an interesting conversation with a pint-size philosopher that went something like this:
TODDLER: Ya ya ob boo gau!
ME: Oh, really? I didn’t know that. Tell me more. (At this point, the parent and I exchange grins.)
TODDLER: Bah pa yay yay?
ME: Well, I guess you could put it that way. You’re very smart, did you know that?
TODDLER: Kas ka loosh!
ME: You’re welcome.
Interesting, isn’t it, how little kids pick up language bit by bit? They absorb it from so many sources: TV, Internet, radio, friends, family, babysitters, and even passersby.
There’s that amazing moment when you realize that the brain inside that tiny child not only comprehends what you say, but can formulate a response. Once when my nephews were little, I asked one of them, “What sound does a cow make?” and the other nephew said “MOO!” It surprised me so much because I thought nephew #2 was still too young to know what a cow was, let alone what sound it made.
This year, we welcomed a new little cousin, L., to my clan (technically, the little one is my fourth cousin). She’s still too young to be talking yet, but I look forward to hearing what she thinks of the world. It’s going to be fun. Here’s looking at you, kiddo.
Happy holidays, blog readers!