• Elijah Ricks

Communication Breakdown

As well as Carver speaks, he is still not quite 2 years old. He has become increasingly frustrated with our occasional lack of understanding, especially when we are trying to get him to do something he does not want to do, and in his own mind he is very reasonably explaining why. A phrase we have heard a lot this last week is one that apparently is meant to communicate his grievances. If we are making it out right, he says, with all the fury of a volcano, “Other best friends!”

Where on earth he heard such a phrase, and how he came to think that it means something to the effect of “For crying out loud!”, we may never know. It cracks me up every time he says it, so maybe he will realize that it is not having the effect for which he hopes.

Similarly, Avey and I had a humorous interaction yesterday. She was beside herself with irritation, after having been unable to locate a small, stuffed penguin of hers. You may remember him as “Wheezy.” I offered to help her look for a few minutes. After searching in vain, I suggested that Wheezy may have finally flown away. At this, Avey shot me a look that seemed to say, “You don’t seriously expect me to believe that.” Then she spoke, “Dad, Wheezy is a penguin. Penguins can’t fly.”

I could not argue with her logic, but I am a little puzzled that I had suggested an inanimate child’s toy had spontaneously sprung to life, and the biggest flaw she saw in my statement was a mischaracterization of the species it represents.

In other news, we will know the gender of Baby #3 in the next 2 weeks! We are taking guesses, so feel free to share with us your intuition. Avey really wants another boy. She told us before we even told her we were expecting, that she wants a boy, so that Carver won’t feel left out. She is such a sweetheart. Kira and I don’t really have any strong sense of this next one. We were sure about Avey and Carver, but the child is not sending out any telepathic hints. We will know soon enough!

#Happenings #LittleGems

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