Saturday, February 24, 2007

The No Show

It was late in coming, but it's here with a vengeance.

The Boss has learned the word "no."

The shake of her head and her turned away face has been replaced with a chorus of clear negativity. "No, no, no, no!" She says it in the morning when I pick her up from her crib. It's not that she doesn't want to join the world of the waking, as far as I can tell; it's that she likes the sound of her own defiance. She says it when I hold out a cup of the milk she has already expressed a desire for. She walks away. I leave it on a chair at her level. I turn my back and she comes back to get it.

I tell her I'm going to make a phone call. "No!" She bleats. I dial the number anyway. My mother picks up. I ask The Boss if she would like to speak to nana. "No!" she insists as she walks over to me anyway. I put the phone to her ear. The Boss's light breath is the only thing audible on the other end.

"Say hi to nana," I suggest.

"No!" she replies.

"Did you hear that?" I ask my mother.

Mom just laughs.

"Do you think if I ignore it, it'll go away?"

"No," mom says.

The Boss runs of out the room, leaving in her wake another "no" that confirms it.

3 comments:

Mrs. Chicken said...

Here are some supplemental negative phrases for you to look forward to:

"No, I won't!"

"That's not FAIR!"

And the peice de resistance, from this morning:

"Leave me alone!"

Wendy said...

Welcome to the world of independence.

The worst of them all: "I do."

Redneck Mommy said...

Here's to the Boss's next step on the ladder of development! I'll celebrate it for ya, Binky. How I would have longed to hear the Bug just once say No, and shove me away...

May her No's resound joyously in your ears, and when she's driving you nuts with them, be thankful she hasn't learned "SHIT!" ... which my darling 18month old daughter did (before the word no).

It was NOT a proud moment...although it did lead to many a funny one!