Monday, January 08, 2007

Five Minutes of Conversation on A Single Second's Worth of Vocabulary: the Babies Begin the Odyssey of Speech

"EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!" "Oh, Emily, that's not your book. That's Timmy's book. Here, you can have a book of your own. Here's your book." Anna looks up. "Buh!" "Book! Good for you, Anna! Emily and Timmy have a book. Book. Does Anna want a book?" "Buh." "All right. Here's your book." Timmy looks over with interest. "Buh!" "Book! Atta boy! Yes, Now Anna has a book, too." Anna waves hers perilously close to Emily's head. "Buh!" "How about that! You can all say 'book'! Book!" We share delighted smiles. (Though really, should I be surprised that this is one of their first words at Mary's house?) Emily laughs out loud. The babies are quivering with the joy of being able to say a word and be understood. There are few thrills like it. Me, I'm awash in the cuteness of my little "buh" triplets. We share a moment of joyfulness. "Anna has a book. Timmy has a book." Not to be left out, Emily adds her two cents. "Buh!" "Yes, Emily has a book, too. There are three books now. One, two, three." "Buh!" "Buh!" "Buh!" Heh, three babies, one word. "Look at all the books. A blue book, another blue book, and a yellow book." "Buh!" "Buh!" "Buh!" "Are you all reading your books?" "Buh!" "Buh!" "Buh!" "Lots of lovely books." "Buh!" "Buh!" "Buh!" Well, I think I've milked this for all its conversation potential. Until their vocabularies expand a bit, this will be what passes for small talk at Mary's. "Buh!" "Buh!" "Buh!" ~~~~~~~~~~~~ © 2006, Mary P


Blogger Lara said...

clearly they all want to be a part of sablobomo too! they're trying to tell you about their books and what you should write about them!

(also, as a high school english teacher, can i just say a huge THANK YOU to you and all other parents / childcare providers who encourage reading from a young age? soooo valuable!)

1/08/2007 03:39:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mamacita Tina said...

Laurel's not quite saying "book" yet, but she will sign it for you. She slaps her hands together and then open them wide open. Applause is expected from anyone watching her.

1/08/2007 04:59:00 p.m.  
Anonymous jen said...

ah. everytime i read one of your stories i so wish M was in your daily care.

buh. sums it up nicely!

1/08/2007 09:26:00 p.m.  
Blogger Lady M said...

We should work out a song where the babies provide the chorus. Doo-wop, maybe?

1/09/2007 12:49:00 a.m.  
Blogger mo-wo said...

The two year old and the 5 month old had a tug of war over two books today. They ARE NEVER too young.

1/09/2007 02:37:00 a.m.  

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