I sincerely apologize for the Blair Witch Project cinematography, but this video is Oscar worthy. Best picture, best actor, best impression of multiple animals.
Oliver is Saturday Night Live’s new GoatBoy. What do you want… a horse? A gopher? A Yeti? He’s got you… you need a duck call? How about someone to help round up a flock of sheep? Oliver is your guy.
Most people need a few cups of coffee in the morning to even be cognizant, but not Oliver. It’s 5:35am on a Saturday morning in this video and he’s coo-cooing every animal between Noah’s Arc and Old McDonald’s Farm. He’s a savant, an animal whisperer… our very own Dr. Dolittle.
So I have been so hesitant to write anything about what’s been bothering me lately. Like really bothering me. I know I pretty much write about anything and everything on here because that’s what this blog is about… The real stuff… The good, the bad and the ugly… Clint Eastwood style. But I also want to make sure that later in life Jax doesn’t have a complex… (Or at least too much of a complex).
But I’m starting to worry. So this blog entry is less about me telling a story and more about me being able to get something off my chest. Something that is worrying me.
I’m pretty sure everyone knows I’m an educator. I’ve been a teacher and administrator for 15 years now. Maybe I have some sort of hypochondria or a super heightened sense of attention to detail when it comes to child development, but I feel like I’m starting to stress out.
So he’s almost 17 months old… He’s done a lot over the past year and a half. He’s hitting milestones left and right… But he’s still not taking. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m the first to defend the… “Everyone develops at their own pace” philosophy. But when it’s my own kid it’s stressful. Don’t forget… This is the type of literature I read on a daily basis:
Try reading that as a parent and not losing your mind. Try reading and article that says by 15 months your child should be able to order Lo Mein in Chinese and be able to use chopsticks to eat it. I’m struggling to balance my professional career as someone who diagnosis students’ reading problems and has to decide if a students behavior issues are developmental, environmental or learned… I’m struggling to balance that with my professional career as a dad who worries about everything.
I mean, we do have the basic “mama” and “dada”… and for whatever weird reason there’s also “nene” (bottle). But other than that he has the language skills of Animal from the Muppet Babies.
We talk to him (I mean… I could talk for hours… its my favorite pasttime). Grammy, literally gives him literacy and vocabulary lessons all day… half of his toys talk to him… and we read to him every night. And all we get in return is something that sounds like Parseltongue. I mean, maybe I’m looking into this to deeply… but he sure fits the bill of a Parselmouth
“Parseltongue is, when spoken, a hissing sound, similar to that of a snake; as such, normal people cannot understand it (one known exception being Dumbledore). Apart from merely communicating with serpentine lifeforms, Parselmouths also seem able to influence the will of serpents to a certain extent. Aside from serpent-based creatures, Parselmouths can communicate with each other with the language, as Harry understood Tom Riddle’s commands to the Basilisk and the House of Gauntcommunicate with each other almost exclusively in Parseltongue. While inherited, Parseltongue usually requires the speaker to face a snake-based creature or object shaped like a snake (e.g. a carving); more proficient speakers may be able to speak it at will.” -HarryPotter Wiki
So maybe I should be less worried about the fact that he isn’t really talking or more worried that my son may be a Dark Wizard?