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31 May 2008 @ 10:24 am
Talking about talking...  
I thought I'd share with you some glimpses of my son Christopher's love of talking, which is an activity that often needs no audience! And much as it sometimes makes me nuts (jeez, silence already), it's a big part of what makes him who he is.

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When Christopher was a baby and learning to talk, he loved to yammer (as he still does). One thing he did which was different from his sister was to put "filler babble" in between the actual words of his babbling, e.g.,
"Truck! Kamenanana train!"


In retrospect, kind of alarming. Nowadays, it manifests itself in random mouth-noises and repeated phrases that never stop. ;)

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One of his sister Lauren's favorite stories about him is from when he was two. I was giving him a haircut, which went like this:
Christopher: Yak yak yak yak yak yak.
Me: Honey, don't talk while I'm cutting your hair.
Christopher: Yak yak YAK yak yak yak.
Me: Christopher. Don't talk.
Christopher: Yak yak yak yak— Hey. I have hair in my mouth...

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In Kindergarten, the class rotates the "Star of the Week." When it's a given child's turn, he or she brings in an "All About Me" sheet and special toys and such.
Teacher: It says here that one of your favorite things to do is sleep.
Christopher: Yes.
Me: *say what?*
Teacher: I wouldn't have guessed that about you, Christopher. I'd have thought you'd be the kind of boy who wants to just be doing something all the time...

Months later, we were all having some conversation in the car that touched on the topic of sleep, which inspired new input from Christopher.
Christopher: "Ooh, I hate to be asleep! Because then I can't talk!"
Me: *Now THAT I can believe*

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Recently, HalfshellHusband was driving Christopher home from school (Christopher is 8 1/2 now). They'd been in the car for maybe a minute, and then,
Christopher: It's too quiet in here. So I'm going to talk...
*60 seconds later*
And I'm going to slap my leg! *thwack-thwack-thwack*



People, how am I not nuts already? Or has it already happened and I just didn't notice? :0


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Entendre? Make mine a double.: moms like the sausagedeirdre_c on May 31st, 2008 11:54 am (UTC)
Ahahahahhaaa! Sounds just like my friends' son, Daniel. He's a riot! (But of course, I can say that, since I don't have to take him home at night. *g*)

*joy*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on May 31st, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
He's a riot!

Oh, god yes. Christopher is HILARIOUS to all his relatives and such, who don't have to live with that 24/7.

He is pretty funny, though. Once, when we were driving in the car, I asked him something and the answer I got was
"Nopey-dipper-doodles."


I SO was not expecting that. It cracked me right up. :D
Entendre? Make mine a double.: Simpsons me fail englishdeirdre_c on May 31st, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
A Ned Flanders in the making! ;D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 1st, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
Now you're scaring me. :0
mercurybard on May 31st, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain.

My youngest brother, Evan, started talking the day he was born and has not shut up yet. Literally, he was babbling so loud in the nursery that he was waking the other babies up, and Mom had to keep him in her room at the hospital.

The best story is from when he was taking swimming lessons. The teenage instructor got fed up with him, so she pushed his head underwater. Bubbles came up. She let him up, and he hadn't ever STOPPED TALKING.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 31st, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
My youngest brother, Evan, started talking the day he was born and has not shut up yet. Literally, he was babbling so loud in the nursery that he was waking the other babies up, and Mom had to keep him in her room at the hospital.

Hahahaha! Oh god, this sounds familiar.

When Lauren was born, and pushed out all the way, the doctor held her up and she had this, "What happened to ME?" look on her face. Then she sucked on her fingers quietly in the warming tray.

When Christopher was born, as soon as his head emerged he started to screech. There he was, just this little head sticking out and screaming like a banshee. My husband and I looked at each other like, "Uh-oh." Christopher kept screaming for the next two hours solid. :0

The teenage instructor got fed up with him, so she pushed his head underwater. Bubbles came up.
Hahahaha! I see he's... not easily deterred. ;)
Skywalker-Winchester: car OTPanakin415 on May 31st, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
your kid rocks

lol
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 1st, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
He is honestly SO bizarre. ;)

Even now, the talking never stops...
cutedevil666cutedevil666 on June 2nd, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
Aw thats like my niece- shes two now and only starting to talk but she just loves to talk away and say the words that she knows over and over again. Its still cute right now but im pretty sure that its gonna get annoying soon :P
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 2nd, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
Its still cute right now but im pretty sure that its gonna get annoying soon :P
My daughter was relentless until about age 5, where age 4 was all, "Mama." "Mama." "Mama." as she'd think of yet some new thing to tell me. The mother of one of her friends complained that the friend (a boy) was a major chatterbox, and I thought, "Well, I live with that every day."

HAH!

Christopher's age four and onward has been, "And Mama? Do you know what?" "And Mama?" like it's a never-ending sentence (which inside his head it probably is). If he's awake and not deeply involved in reading, his mouth is going-- usually with no filter between it and his brain, which is very bad when he's in a snit about something.

Now I know what that woman was talking about. And it becomes clear how that can get tiring. :0

Maybe your niece will mellow. Most kids do, fortunately-- except this one. Almost 9 years old, and still waiting. ;)