Saturday, May 7, 2011

Magical Moment 457, "Meal Time Shocks"

Every time I go back home to visit my nephews, it seems they manage to shock and surprise me with how much they've grown up and changed since my last visit. For some reason, meal time, is the common time to do this.

Once on a visit home, I was feeding Ethan (then 3 years old) a snack of cheese and crackers. Midway through, with his mouth stuffed full, he said something like, 
"Aunt Beff, can I have more cheezwilmows?" 
I had no idea what he meant, so I asked him to repeat it.
"More cheezwilmows?" he asked again.
Finally I had to get his mother in the next room to translate.
She laughed and explained, "He's saying, 'Can I have more cheese, little mouse?'"

It seems whenever his mother puts cheese on his plate, she says, "Here's some cheese, little mouse!" He learned to make it all one word. 

Ethan shocked me again more recently when he was having trouble getting the ranch dressing bottle open.
 He struggled for a minute and then said in frustration, "Ayudarme!"
I threw a puzzled look to his mom, "Did he just say 'help me' in Spanish?!"

Speaking of bilingual, little Zach when he was barely a year old, sat in his high chair once eating cheerios. At this point, he wasn't very verbal yet, but when he ran out of cheerios, he made a strange motion with his hands. It looked vaguely familiar. He touched all 4 of his fingers to his thumb on each hand, then tapped them together several times. I was still trying to figure it out when his mom explained, "He's saying 'more' in sign language."

Good grief! I guess I need to get back and visit more often to lessen the shock of these growing boys!

6 comments:

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Wow their mom is teachin them a lot of languages! They will be so smart!

Linda said...

It's so neat that kids are being exposed to other languages earlier, when their young minds find absorbing the concepts easier. I love the use your nephews are making of Spanish and sign language. I wish I'd learned them when I was young. Isn't it amazing how quickly children change between visits, though?

Regina Teague said...

Cute :) Wait to you see how big they are tomorrow! Ethan can't stop talking about you!

ds said...

Wonderful! Kudos to their mother for exposing them to Spanish and ASL at an age when they are most receptive. And I love the "little mouse"!

Birdie said...

Aww, I love that story. It is one of those things you want your kids to never stop saying. My son used to say "poiky" for pointy and I never had the heart to correct him. :-)

Busy Bee Suz said...

Little Mouse??? OH MY GOSH.....that is the cutest thing ever!!!!