Do you know why you shouldn’t call your friends who have kids in the age range of 12-24 months? Allow me to explain.
I called a friend of mine recently. She has been extremely busy after she had had her baby. So we didn’t talk in a long time. I will let the conversation transcript speak for itself.
After some conversation.
Me: How is your son doing? He should be close to 18 months right?
Friend: Ya! He is very talkative these days! He’s been grabbing the phone from me. Here say hi to him.
Me: What!? No, wait wait…
(Silence on the phone)
Friend: (Distant voice) Say hello TD uncle
Friend: (Distant voice) Say na
Vague sound of a wad of saliva landing on the mouthpiece and a tongue picking it up
Friend, who took the words “Don’t give up on your children” to heart: (Distant voice) Say hello TD uncle
Son: ga ga gaa ga
Friend: (Distant voice) GOOD JOB! Did you hear that, TD?
Me: (Stunned Silence)
Friend: (Distant voice) Say something back to him TD
Me: Give the phone to your mommy
After a few minutes of this lively dialog between the child and me, my friends takes the phone back.
Friend: He really likes talking to you!
Me: Ya, it will be a delight talking to him when he learns a few more words
Friend: No, no he can say a lot of words. He can say all ABCs. Munnu, here say ABCs to TD uncle
Without checking if I was a consenting adult, the phone was handed back the child.
Friend: (Distant voice) Say ABCs
Son: ga ga ga gaa
Friend: (Distant voice) You for got C munnu. Say C, D, E
Son: ga ga gaa
Friend: (Distant voice) GOOD JOB!
I will spare you rest of the alphabet. I hung up soon enough, promising to get her some information she needed.
I called her back a week later with the info. But this time I was careful enough to call when she would not be home so I can just leave a voice mail. When I got the her voice mail, here is the message:
Friends’ voice: Hi you’ve reached X, Y and (whispers ‘say it’… ‘say’) (Son’s voice) ga ga (Back to Friend in a giddy tone) Please leave us a message *beep*
I couldn’t leave a message because I was speechless.
You can imagine how happy I was when I got hold of her on chat. Chat must be safe until her son learns to type. Except…
Friend: Hang on, Munna is all over the laptop
Friend: He wants to say something to you