George likes his chicken spicy.

by statia on October 27, 2009

Yesterday, the Mini and I were outside playing in the driveway, taking advantage of possibly one of the last few remaining nice days of the year.   We were playing with his car, drawing with chalk, all the things he loves best.  Because LG is still so little, it’s rare that he and I get this sort of quiet time for ourselves these days, and I try to take it when I can, to assuage my guilt for making him share my attention.   Not that I’m trading in the fact that I have my daughter, obviously, but I do miss this time, especially because it seems as if he gets more and more fun every day.   I noticed, since coming back from our trip, he’s talking a lot better.  He tries to articulate himself and ask for things.  Especially demands.

But as we were sitting there, and I was drawing him ghosts and pumpkins, and many other things, he would often make comments only the way that the Mini could, and that is, he talks in the third person, constantly.  I saw a flash of him 30 years from now, and it reminded me of The Jimmy episode on Seinfeld:

Mini: Mini’s got to put arms on the ghost (draws his rendition of arms, which is two lines next to each other, this is his rendition of everything by the way, save for the occasional circle.  Picasso has nothing on my artistic genius)

Me: What else does the ghost need?

Mini: Ghost needs hair.  Mini is going to draw hair on the ghost.

Now, this is a far cry from the constant echoing that we had just a few short month ago.  He’s truly trying to work it out in his head, and it probably didn’t help that we didn’t correct him from the get go, but he’s had such a hard time mastering effective communication, that for us, it was one small hurdle at a time.  This also has its drawbacks,  because now we have to undo everything he thinks is right.  He understands that you say “I” instead of “Mini” but  he often refers to the third person when he’s overly excited, or tired.  It’s comfortable for him.  And that’s OK.  I understand most of what he says, and I correct him when necessary, but I couldn’t help but thinking about whether or not he’d be 35 years old and still talking in the third person.

“This is Mini’s wife.  Mini thinks she’s hot.”


donna October 27, 2009 at 11:07 pm

OK, this is scary. I was considering posting something with a similar title but mine was a silly post about how ridiculously spicy my kung pao chicken was tonight. Donna likes spicy chicken!

Then you posted, like real content. I feel like an ass now.

Lyrehca October 28, 2009 at 10:06 am

Isn’t speaking in the third person sort of developmentally OK at this age? Why does Elmo refer to himself as Elmo all the time?

Kris October 28, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Lyrehca, it is age appropriate and I was just going to post that very thing about Elmo. This screams Elmo.

statia October 28, 2009 at 9:06 pm

It’s age appropriate to a certain extent. And I hate Elmo for making it seem like it’s entirely appropriate. If Elmo were real, his ass would be in services. Haha.

Kevin Donahue November 1, 2009 at 9:29 am

Speaking in the 3rd person always reminds me of Norm MacDonald’s Bob Dole impersonations. :)

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