Like Albert Einstein, Peter (my 3-year-old son) has been slow to begin speaking. Over the last year, he has been slowly adding to his vocal repertoire. Vowel sounds have been in place for quite some time, and his inflection has perfectly mimicked spoken English – just few consonants – mostly “ah”. More recently, Peter has been adding a few consonants to his vocal patterns (he’s big on the letter “M” these days). Mom is now “Mamma”. Emma is “Memma”. Cartoon character Maisy is actually “Maisy”. We are all very excited about the fact that things have their own specific words to Peter now.
A wonderful thing happened in the grocery store yesterday. Peter was holding a box of cereal in the shopping cart. He was picking at the top to try to open the box for a snack. Unable to do this, he looked at me, handed me the box, and said “open”. The “P” was not quite there, but his intent was clear – and for the first time, he expressed a desire calmy, clearly – vocally. As I type this blog entry, he has handed me an unopened box of cereal bars. He said “open, please”. Not all the consonants are there, but the inflection was perfectly clear, as was his intent.
Albert Einstein taught the world that “E=MC2”. All the consonants are there, the inflection is right… but I have no idea what he was trying to say!