?

Log in

No account? Create an account
field of action

ptpenguino


P.T.Penguino

misanthropist extraordinaire


Previous Entry Share Next Entry
babytalk
field of action
ptpenguino
Remembering how good it felt to be talked to as a human when I was a wee thing, I talk nonsense noises only to animals.


There was one time, I was sitting in a park with some friend's cousin, and her baby. I was sorta playing with the baby, showing him picnic table debris (sticks, leaves) and explaining about what they were, where they came from, and how I knew that. Sometimes I would offer him a thing to hold, but only, I solemnly explained, if he did NOT put it in his mouth. Being like a year, eighteen months, or whatever, of course he was all but helplessly compelled to put things in his mouth. It is fun to watch the gears grinding, as the baby T R I E S to resist the instinctual temptation. So then as he started to move the thing towards the drool-hole, I plucked it from his hand & started showing him something new. It's a dumb game to play with babies, yeah. But it kills the time while the other adults are talking about people I don't even know, whatever.
Eventually, the friend's cousin turns to me and says, "I don't know why you talk to him like that, it's not like he understands you."
I smiled at her big and kindly, and said, "He probably understands more than you think."
The baby looked at me, and looked at her, and he looked at me for a long time. It is difficult to read the thoughts a big blank drooling baby face, sometimes - but it seemed very much that he understood that exchange pretty well.

  • 1
At no point did we talk to our kids in "baby talk". Seems to have worked out.

If I did that, I would be annoying myself.

  • 1