Running errands yesterday, I overheard my 13 year old daughter making baby noises to the one year old in the back seat.
“He’ll never learn to talk if you don’t talk to him like he’s a real person and not a play-thing,” I told her.
“Disestablishmentarianism,” she said – in her best ‘snob’ voice. Her little brother stared at her blankly. I could see his puzzled face in the rear-view mirror. She repeated the word again.
“It’s the longest word in the dictionary,” she told him. Then she added, “Thank you for sharing your vast insight to this conversation.”
The little guy piped up and said, “Da!”
I guess it will take a few more conversations with big sister to bring him up to speed.