TheMonk has always been the strong silent type here at the Childsplayx2 household. While Swee’Pea talks up a storm – uttering words, telling stories, with an occasional tantrum thrown in – TheMonk has been content to take a back seat when it comes to his orating skills.
The joke around here is that TheMonk is so quiet because he can’t get a word in edgewise.
It turns out, he just needed the right motivation.
Last week we had a couple of our neighbors over with their kids. In total, we had seven kids under the age of five running around our house. One set of neighbors has a daughter that is only a couple of months younger than Swee’Pea and TheMonk named Dalia. Prior to the kids arriving, we kept telling the twins all the names of their friends who would be coming. Swee’Pea would repeat the names but TheMonk didn’t seem as interested.
After all had arrived, TheMonk threw himself into the fray and played his little heart out with the whole gang. Swee’Pea, in her typical fashion, retreated and exhibited a shyness that is never present when it’s just us around the house. For once, TheMonk was able to take center stage. They played well past their bedtime and when it was time to go we said our goodbyes.
Suddenly, TheMonk realized that Dalia was leaving.
Now, he had been playing it cool the entire evening and had not even hinted that he was interested in this cute little girl. But now he wanted to say goodbye. And he didn’t just want to wave “bye-bye” he wanted a kiss. “Bye-Bye Dalia!” He said as we brought him over to give her a kiss. Planted a big one right on her.
As we put him to bed and all of the next day he would tell us whenever he got a chance that “Dalia went bye-bye.” TheMonk, it seems, is smitten.
And since then we haven’t been able to shut the kid up. He talks all the darn time. He even keeps Swee’Pea up at night while he recounts his day. Sleepless nights aside, Swee’Pea loves the newly talkative Monk as she now has someone to TALK TO! (Although she isn’t thrilled when she asks him to share a toy and he turns to her and says, “NO!”)
So, in the history of TheMonk, let it be noted that what finally pushed him to speaking in sentences was the siren song of a beautiful girl.
That’s my boy.