If there’s one thing I’ve come to understand in the 14 months I’ve been a Dad, is that toddlers know way more than I ever thought they did. And although he’s not yet conversive in the English language, there is a universal language devoid of any words that my 14 month old son is completely fluent in…
Now although he has difficulty controlling his own movements, when it comes to observing and interpreting the movements of other people, he doesn’t miss a trick. And it taught me a very valuable lesson…it’s not what you say or even how you say it that counts, it’s whether or not he can see you when you’re saying it.
Case in point:
The other day, Indy was playing with his toy cars and Mumma and I were conversing about something I wasn’t too pleased about. We weren’t arguing (in fact, we very rarely argue at all in the entire 10 years we’ve been together), and I wasn’t raising my voice. In fact, just the opposite. I sat on the couch with my arms folded and was very short with my responses. I was a little annoyed, more than anything.
All of a sudden, Indy stepped toward me, shook his finger and hollered at me in Indy-speak…
Then walked to Mumma, gave her a kiss, then walked back to me and hollered again!
Mumma and I looked at each other in astonishment.
“I think I’ve just been told off?”
“I think you’re right.”
Pretty sure I’ve just been given a right old talking to.
So, I apologised to both Indy and Mumma and gave her a kiss. Then Indy came over and gave me a kiss, then went back to playing with his cars.
So more than ever, I’m hyper-aware of what I say, how I say it and how I ‘be’ about it, because you never know who’s watching and how much they know. It’s like living with a miniature KGB agent.
Better watch your step, Mulder. You’ve been spoken to. 😉