May 8, 2007

Motivational speaking

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.


  1. Now that he’s started talking more… he will never stop.




    At least that’s what The Peanut Butter & The Jelly have taught me.

    Comment by Kemp — May 9, 2007 @ 8:28 am

  2. THAT is adorable.

    Though Ane has many love interests, Tad has never shown a whit of interest in girls his own age. He’s too busy working out the last remnants of his Oedipal complex. ;) So, hopefully all I have to do is introduce him to the right little girl, and I will hear words! Although I can see his sister butting in to “help.” Oh, that is not a pretty picture when he is a teenager…

    Comment by Deanna — May 9, 2007 @ 10:25 am

  3. Of course he learns “NO!” – once they start it never ends.

    Comment by creative-type dad — May 9, 2007 @ 12:12 pm

  4. Too cute. Our Matthew is still upset the cute little strawberry blonde he met at the playground didn’t give him a hug and a kiss goodbye. He brings it up every day and it’s been a month.

    Darn girls!!

    Comment by Laurie — May 9, 2007 @ 7:11 pm

  5. Aww…

    Swee’Pea may soon wish for the return of Quiet Monk ;)

    Comment by momto3cubs — May 10, 2007 @ 9:14 am

  6. thats so sweet. Monk in love. Congrats Matthew. Does sweetpea have a sweetheart yet?

    BTW – my blog is private now.. dont know if you want access or not..

    Comment by archana — May 10, 2007 @ 10:27 am

  7. I love him all the more.


    Comment by samantha jo campen — May 10, 2007 @ 7:34 pm

  8. L.A. Toddler has a boy who is smitten. His parents tell us that he sits up and night and talks about her before going to bed. It’s cute.

    She’s got him right where she wants him! I told her to not let him give her a peck on the cheek until he forks over his Tickle-Me Elmo doll…

    We’re standing firm.

    Comment by L.A. Daddy — May 11, 2007 @ 10:33 am

  9. Aww. That -is- adorable.

    Comment by Kat — May 13, 2007 @ 8:09 pm

  10. Just wait…….the little guy is in preschool and came home a couple of weeks ago talking about a girl named Sophia. He said that he asked her to sit next to him and they held hands. Her mom then stopped me one day after class and said that Sophia came home and told her that she was going to marry my little guy. They grow up so fast!!!!!!!

    Comment by Margaret — May 14, 2007 @ 9:59 am

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