24 December 2008

Too many words

Sonny Ma-Jiminy's language developed early. He has always interacted with his environment using words, words, words, words, words. It's good to see a kid with strong language skills, but wow. Sonny Ma-Jiminy makes my head spin.

The other night, I served up some scrambled eggs for dinner (yes, I'm on top of things here) and this is what he said, "This is a yummy dinner! I love these eggs! Eggs are the awesomest dinner. These eggs taste great. Mum, these eggs taste really nice..." and on and on and on.

It was great that he was enjoying good food, but there's a limit.

I said, "Sonny do you find it difficult to eat them with your mandible flapping about like that? Or are you okay with that?"

He grinned at me and said in a joyfully surprised voice, "I'm okay with that!!"

And last night I gazed dumbly at him as he described something about his new Tonka truck in minute detail. A veritable WALL OF WORDS was issuing from his mouth without a break. There was nothing I could do but sit, hostage-like, listening to it all. This is why I was so amazed when, through sheer force of habit, he was compelled to punctuate his rapid monologue at intervals to shout at me as if I wasn't listening.

"The cab is up here and the driver can sit in there but he can't get in this side, there's no door, he has to ...MUM!!!... he has to climb up in here and get in the back and then he can drive the truck over here to pick up a load of ...MUM!!!... he can drive over here to pick up a load of rocks and then he can ...MUM!!!"

As if I wasn't sitting there, my eyes glued to his face, hanging off every word because his very manner demanded complete attention.


Heather said...

First of all, there is absolutely nothing wrong with eggs for dinner. At least not in my house.... we occasionally (okay, more than occasionally) do "breakfast for dinner" here! :)

Secondly, I know what you mean about the verbally expansive child, having one of that variety myself. Of course, mine has been living with her very talkative mother since she was born, so it is a bit of pot and kettle... *innocent whistling*

bfs said...

Our 'almost' 4-year old grandson is a constant talker. I love that. They are thinking, analyzing, and always needing validation!

CynthiaK said...

We often have breakfast for dinner! It's a real treat in this house! So, the eggs are all good. No worries.

And, a well developed aptitude for conversation will serve your little Sonny very well in life, methinks. I mean, it's better than being screamed at, non?!

Hope you and the entire De Elba Family have the bestest (warmest?!) Christmas! Pop by Crumbs today if you want to see just how snowy it is up here today! A little different than an Aussie Christmas!

Merry Merry!

Sassy Britches said...

Oh my, I'm realizing what poor Pokey and my mother go through on a regular basis. I never grew out of the "verbally expansive" phase. I'm glad to see that bfs put a bit of a positive spin on it--I'll be sure to pull that out when I see their faces glaze over in shock.

Am over on the other side of the world praying that he grows out of it for the sake of your overloaded senses! :)

Paige said...

I would rather have lots of words than no words--nothing makes me crazier than a grunting kid who points and carries on and will not talk--becuase no one expects him to.

At least I would rather have that until I needed a nap

John Ross said...

Wow! Our son -4 talks ALL THE TIME.

UNfortunately, he has some language/verbal issues. So, He's talking all the time, but you can't understand about half of what he's saying. frustrating for he and us. Hang in there, and we will also.

Jen said...

I love it. This is so what Hayden sounds like. He too is a 'wall of words'!

Tabitha Blue said...

Haha, they just love all eyes on them while talking!! My girl that way too... and that "Mom!" (for me) is the loudest thing she says!!!! LOL. It's too cute though!! Merry Christmas!!



Mrs. Tantrum said...

I prayed that he would talk for so long...I just never anticipated that HE WOULD TALK THIS MUCH! My brother was the same way and I think he stopped somewhere around 10...although I think I just blocked it out.

I am anticipating trying the same thing with Bacon. Maybe SMJ would believe it if you occasionally say uh-huh, and that's amazing.

Crazy Sister said...

Harpo does that too! I'm sitting still, listening carefully, eyes glued to him, and he says, "LISTEN to me!" or "Just LOOK!"

I wind up holding my eyes wide open with my fingers and nodding my head off, then he says I'm "Bizzarre".

Adelaine said...

We have eggs for dinner quite often! We call it "Breakfast for supper". I have them for lunch sometimes too...

Uno was and still is so much like that. It takes her FOREVER to tell a story. Then add in the "uuuhhhh's" and "mmmmmmmm's"....cute but frustrating!

Dee from Downunder said...

Miss 3 talks her head off, she's a parrot too. She actually grabs my face if she thinks I am not listening to her.

Merry Christmas

Hippomanic Jen said...

My Mum informs me that it slows down... When the next child starts talking and the eldest can't get a word in edgeways.

tinsenpup said...

Hmmmn... We refer to this as the "Wall of Sound". I suggest that, like me, you homeschool so that you can enjoy it ALL the time. ALL. THE. TIME. The things we do... :) I wonder what would happen if we locked two of them in a room together?

Morgan the (Almost) Muse said...

Heh, that sounds cute, but loud. :D

GreenJello said...

The wordy ones don't ever grow out of it, or stop... they just keep wording. You learn to be a very patient listener. :)

My 16-year-old is still issuing forth Walls Of Words. She wants to be a professional writer. I think she'll do an amazing job.