Have you ever seen the car commercial where the dad is putting his daughter in the backseat of the car, and she is just jabbering away and he’s trying to get to the drivers seat but is politely trying to wait for a break in her chatter?
There was no break in the chatter. So he just closes the door, gets in the front seat, and his daughter is still talking, seemingly unaware that her communication partner had ducked out for a second.
That is my child. Well, she’s not the one in the commercial. But she talks like her.
She is my jibber-jabberer.
I remember being SO excited to hear her first word. It is the millionth word in the past hour that I am not so excited about. Especially if I am listening to those words through the door of the bathroom.
Don’t get me wrong, she’s not constantly talking. But when she gets going- my word!, or in this case, my hundreds of words!- she just keeps going.
She also loves to talk at times when she shouldn’t be talking. Like when someone else is talking.
Or in class. Which was prominently featured in her most recent “report card”. She is a great student, does her work, does it well, loves to learn.
But the talking….
During quiet work time, during group work time, during hallway transition time, during centers time….ALL.THE.TIME.
Last night before bed we had our nightly “cuddle”, which consists of a hug and a check in before lights out. This is one of her favorite times to “get going”. She’ll go all evening with barely answering my questions, but then when it’s time to call it a good-night, she gets chatty. Last night she was particularly chatty, talking to me all about where she is in Harry Potter, the crazy thing her friend did, the crazy thing she did, how crazy her sister is, why is everybody so crazy…
While she’s talking I am gently pushing her back onto her bed and covering her up and she says, “Mommy, I’m talking too much, aren’t I?”
“Yes, Sweets, you are a bit chatty tonight. Time to rest your brain [so you can talk all day tomorrow].”
“I don’t know why I like to talk so much, why do you think I like to talk so much? Do you know anyone that likes to talk as much as me I don’t think anyone else talks as much as me but I’m going to try and not talk so much anymore”….talktalktalktalktalktalktalktalktalk..
I silently back slowly out of the room, closing the door, listening as my sweet, sweet, child just will not stop talking.
Have a great crazy day!