The Hot Wheel and the Cell Phone lay on the living room floor,
Amid the detritus that the baby left about.
“La la da da la la da da da da de da!” Said the 1.5 yr old boy,
Just after his first trip to the playground at the park,
First swing, first slide, fine time with his 28 yr old father.
“La la da da la la da da da da de da!”, said the grandpa,
And the baby looked at his father, like, What’s wrong with grandpa. Why is he speaking gibberish?
And the father rests on the couch, after the playground field trip,
And the child wonders about talking into the wireless phone, with batteries removed,
And then tries on two of grandpa’s hats, discarding both as too big,
One a black Pendleton cowboy hat, and one a leather baseball cap.
Off he goes, full of energy tapped and sapped from adults in the house,
And charges across the floor with a wooden car, saying “”La la da da la la da da da da de da!”,
Which means the car is running, engine loud, and look out!
The dog hides behind the couch with me, out of the way of the speeding auto,
And the energetic young boy.
How has the boy learned all this in 18 months of life?
What else will he pick up and try to understand and try to explain/interact with others?
I wish another pre-verbal would be here. Would they understand each other’s jibberish?
He’s a Jabberwocky! (Not from Star Wars or Star Trek, that’s a combination of Jabba the Hut and The Wookie.)
He’s his own inner child.
He’s the center of the universe.
So who minds picking up all the mess?