Monday, June 7, 2010

Lost in Translation

So, I've become "that mom". The mom who constantly translates what my son is saying. My son was an early talker. He had a large vocabulary at 12 months and had already started putting words in sentences like, "I want more juice." What he said was understandable. Lately, he has become more of a conversationalist. Instead of just telling us his wants/needs, he tells us what he did, recounts previous experiences, asks questions, "Why momma?", Keeps track of where every member of the family is at all times and informs everyone. You know, the typical 2 year old annoying (yep, I said it) stuff. The thing is, he's not quite as understandable anymore. He's begun to stutter a little and his stories have no point of reference, a story in the past could have been five minutes ago or last weekend. While I know this is all part of language development, this makes understanding difficult. The general population can probably understand 1/2 of what he says. I, however, understand almost 100% of it. Why does that turn me into the crazy lady who must interpret his communication to the rest of the world????? I just can't stop myself!!
I remember a lady who was THE WORST about interpreting for her son. I used to babysit for her. The kid would say, "kit, be-be, no de-dog." And she would say, "He wants you to cut the bread off of his corndog." in a totally patronizing tone. Duh! I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say she was crazy, not only did she interpret for her son, she bought him corndogs and cut the breading off. every time. Guess she hadn't heard of hotdogs.
So, since I'm not sure I want to be that crazy lady, I have a new poll for the week. What do you think of my new "bad habit"?


  1. LOL. This hits home for me! We hear "why" from Kellen all day long right now. Especially when we tell him not to do something. What's even better is HIS answer for every time we ask HIM a question beginning with "why" (or who, what, when, where, or how). "Because." Where are you going, Kellen. "Because." Awesome.

    I am doing some interpreting as well - but I don't know how much, b/c we're not seeing a whole lot of people right now, being sequestered on the North Shore of MA as we are. Why don't you come visit, and we can just sit around and try to understand each other's kids? :)

  2. P.S. I do agree that it sounds like the corn dog woman was crazy.