Friday, May 8, 2009

Chatty Cathy

Posted by kuri, ping, the pinglet, & mini-ping on 5/08/2009
The Pinglet is a chatterbox. She talks morning, noon and night, although it is mostly in a language unknown to the world at large. Ping and I have gotten good at deciphering what she is trying to tell us, but for the most part we are clueless, a view the Pinglet will definitely share when she is a teenager.

She's made up a language all her own, which she peppers with real words in English and sometimes Japanese. She can say "book," "bike," "river," "moon," "Mommy," and "Daddy," for example, but she's decided that planes, trains, buses, and trucks should all be referred to as "gaika," which sometimes can be confusing to the average listener.

Today, she said her own name, followed by a full sentence in Japanese: あっちに行く (Pinglet's going over there.) I was practically jumping up and down with excitement, while she looked at me blandly wondering why I wasn't immediately following her directive. It's hard being at the beck-and-call of a short (and short-tempered) dictator, who can turn from a smiling, beatific baby, into a swirling mass of windmilling arms and legs as she goes into a full meltdown when her wishes aren't immediately understood and followed precisely.

We visited Harmony Land in Beppu over Golden Week. The Pinglet spent most of the afternoon on those coin-operated cars/rides that I remember being outside of our local supermarket. We pretty much could have saved on the entrance fees and gas and just taken her to one of the amusement centers at the local Aeon mall instead. She did enjoy the parade of Sanrio characters (Hello Kitty, Cinnamon, and other strange figures that I've never seen before, but am sure I will be VERY familiar with by the time the Pinglet graduates college) right before the park closed at 5PM(!?!). She sat with her Daddy in her prime location right at the front, and proceeded to dance her heart out when the music started.
We ended the day with a visit to the infirmary because she is now a full-fledged toddler and has scrapes on her elbows and both knees. She's tripped and fallen before but these injuries have occurred over a period of 4 days--one scrape per day. Oh the drama, the crying, the carrying on that happens after these episodes. I believe the Pinglet is vying for my position as drama queen in the family. We'll just see about that.

1 of you feeling verklempt. Tawlk amongst yourselves:

Anonymous said...

sounds like you all had a great day!


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