Monday, November 14, 2005

You Don't Say!

"Peaches and Wedgehead, do you know where we are going? We are going to Costco where we are going to buy diapers, coffee and baby wipes. That's going to be FANTASTIC!" said Baby Girl when we were in the car Sunday morning. She spent the majority of the drive in a spirited monologue while her sister and her favorite stuffed creature listened intently.

"Wow Honey, " I said. "Have you noticed how articulate Baby Girl has become, particularly in the past month or so? Do you think that she is ahead of other kids her age? I mean, I sometimes have a lot of trouble understanding the kids in her art class and her playgroups. Could it be that we are just used to how she talks or she's just really articulate?"

"I think she is just really articulate," said my husband. "No one seems to ever have a problem understanding her."

"You're right," I smiled as I basked in her obvious intelligence. The rest of the way to Costco, I pondered the dilemna of how we would handle having such an intelligent child in our household if the other child was normal. Would she skip 1st grade? Will we need to send her to private school to keep her motivated and challenged? Where are we going to get the money for that? Should we have her I.Q. tested?

Three hours later while we played in the backyard, Baby Girl started shouting, " All godag tuvionu bland!"

"What did you say?" I asked.

"All godag tuvionu bland!!!"

"Honey, what are you saying?"


My husband said, "Do you think we may have gotten a little ahead of ourselves this morning?"



Candace said...

I like the new layout!

Isn't it funny how when we get our heads in the clouds over our kids, they'll pull us right back down to earth?

Jill said...

Oh my word, that's so funny!! I've SO had that same experience with my baby girl. Of course, aren't parents the first to spot genius in their children?! :)

Susan said...

Charlie will intentionally talk gibberish at us now, just to watch our bafflement as we try to decipher what he's saying. Then he will laugh and laugh and laugh at us.

Little bastard.

theyellowwallpaper said...

You made me chuckle...My hubby and I have had similar conversations about our kids only to be put back in our place.

A friend of mine is married to a poet, a really incisive and funny guy. So, I went to one of his readings one night and he told this story about how he used to do poorly on aptitude tests in school, as in he should have a tutor and consider janitorial work for a career. His Mom had hid the results for him for many years until he found out. Feeling dejected and stupid his mother cradled him in his arms. She then said, "I pity the prodigies. If there were any justice in the world they would die once they hit the age of 21, having hit their peek at the age of 15. You my love, will always have more to look forward to, more to learn, to understand and appreciate.”

L. said...

We went to Costco today, too, and Matthew said the magic words, "PEE PEE" -- before the fact, not after, bless his heart.

As long as they can pronounce the words for bodly fluids correctly and in a timely manner, they`re all geniuses, in my book.

Suburban Turmoil said...

I know the feeling! My 1 1/2 year old is a talker by nature. She starts going the moment she wakes up and doesn't stop 'til she falls asleep. Singing, counting, making animal sounds, basically spewing any and every word she's learned and a whole lot of nonsense in between.

I often wonder if I can understand a lot of it because I listen to her all day, or if a stranger could decipher it as well.

The June Cleaver Diaries said...

Please. You and I both know that she unintelligable on purpose so she won't make the non-genius kids feel crummy.

BTW, when did the baby become Wedgehead?

kimmyk said...

HA! That brought back memories!

LoryKC said...

I've been there! And then, there!
My daugher (7) is SO gifted, she's ready for highschool!!
No, REALLY! She can cooly step right over a pile of clothes, look up at you with enormous doe-eyes and innocently ask, "what clothes?" We've moved from "special" to "special needs" so rapidly!!!

Velma said...

This is right on target for me! I had my first parent/teacher conference with my girl's kindergarten teacher yesterday.

When she used to sit in her infant seat at 16 months and call out the numbers and letters on the license plates she could see, I did not envisioned being told at this first conference little more than the fact that she has difficulty with the short "i" and "e" sounds and "uses tears to try to get her own way."