If there's one thing I will always remember about Madeline as a toddler, it is that she is a talker. Big time. She's extremely verbose in almost every situation. With me, with Joe, with friends, with strangers, with her imaginary friends, with a.n.y.o.n.e.
My fear is that Rockne won't talk until age 5 because Madeline talks non-stop.
I love that she is always talking. I loved when she started saying her first words and I love her stories now. This child could grow up to be so many things but I wonder if she'll be either a writer or a professional storyteller because that is definitely where her heart is now.
She uses her hands all the time. One of my favorite Madeline stories happened about a year or year and a half ago. She was in the middle of telling me a story and I asked her to hold something. She looked right up at me and said, "But if I hold it, then I can't tell you my story."
And she was dead serious. This kid cannot talk without flailing her hands all around.
She loves to make up incredibly long-winded, detailed stories about anything. She delivers these stories with a passion that confuses people and makes them think she's retelling a memory. But nope, it's total fiction.
I have proof with two videos.
In the first one, she's telling a made-up story about her friend Addie and somehow "Jesus Loves Me" and a quesadilla get a mention too. Please believe me when I say her enthusiasm, facial expression and hand movements are just who she is when she talks. This video is nothing different than what happens about 50 times a day here; I just decided to record it. (I recorded this back in May but forgot to do anything with it.)
The second video captures a story she told tonight at dinner. It's about her imaginary horse, Nova, who is a BIG part of her life right now. She often expresses herself through a Nova story. For example, she got in trouble tonight and there were consequences. About an hour later, she came to me with an elaborate yet similar story about how Nova was being rude and had consequences too. I'm pretty sure she has no idea that I can connect the dots.
My favorite part happens at mark 1:10. I love when she uses the expression "crackin' them up."
Every day, Madeline makes me laugh and laugh hard by what she says. Right now, my favorite expressions of hers are "you're just crackin' me up" and "I, like, totally freaked out." She says these lines every day and she always uses them very appropriately.
Here are some conversations that made me laugh today.
Madeline asked me a question and I responded with "Fo sho."
Madeline: "What's that mean?"
Me: "It's just another way to say 'for sure.'"
Madeline: "Can you speak English again? I can understand you when you speak English."
She asked me tonight how old I am and, making her mama proud, she quoted a movie during the conversation.
Me: "How old do you think I am?"
Me: "I'm a lot older than five. I'm 28."
Madeline: "Wow, that's old." (then she grinned) "You miserable old tyrant!"
She wasn't really calling me a name; she was quoting Ursala from "The Little Mermaid" and thought it was hysterical to use that line. When I have conversations with her like that, it's downright scary how much she is just like me.