“Yes! Mmm! I love roast pork! What is pork?”
“It’s a kind of meat.”
“No, bananas are fruit. Meat comes from animals.”
“Like chicken is from chickens?”
“Right. We eat meat from lots of animals, like chickens, and turkeys, and cows, and pigs. ‘Pork’ is what we call meat that comes from a pig, although we also get bacon and ham from pigs too.”
“Wow, pigs are yummy!”
“Tell me about it.”
“I thought ham came from lions.”
“Did you see the new ‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting’ trailer with the ‘Dudes Group’ in it? What do you think? You must be pretty outraged, huh?”
I’ve been asked variations of the above question a lot recently. Clearly because of my recent accidental activism about the Huggies commercials, and general willingness to opine on the bigger issues of how dads are portrayed in the media, this makes sense.
But it’s been happening so often, and my answer taken people so clearly by surprise, that I thought it was time I write about it here.
The short answer? No.
I’m not outraged at all. At first I was simply “withholding judgement” for the time being, but the more I’ve watched the trailer, and thought about how feel about it, the more encouraged I am at how the film seems to be portraying active, involved dads…
The idea is simple: buy one of my books, and a second copy will go to a child in need.
Initially this will be children in Guatemala and Haiti, with plans to expand wherever the opportunity comes.
Every day it seems like my toddler becomes more loquacious, which is a fancy-schmancy way of saying he dun talk reel gud.
Well, better than the day before, at least.
There are still some struggles. The letter “k” is something he seems to have personally taken a point in working on a lot recently. (Which is good, because when you can’t do the “k” sound very well and you try to tell someone your name is “Tucker,” everyone just ends up thinking that your parents were really big fans of Hervé Villechaize’s Fantasy Island character.)
Anyhow, I’ve been thinking lately of how much I am actually going to miss some of the adorable mispronunciations and general toddler-speak that I am so accustomed to now. Sure, I take great pride in how clearly my little boy can talk and love that it’s increasingly easier to actually have great conversations with him. But dang, toddler-speak can be cute.
A few of my favorites (see if you can figure them all out):
What things does (or did) your toddler say that you are going to (or already) miss?