The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

The Heartbreaking Beauty Of How Kids See The World …

I’ve written a lot about how amazing I am finding fatherhood.

It is beyond my expectations in every sense of the word.

Of course, a big part of that is my son is a wonderful, kind, considerate and caring little boy.

But there’s something more … and that’s witnessing his development at every stage.

As much as I want him to stay my little boy forever, each stage of his growth reveals new and wonderful traits … which helps me deal with the fact he is growing up way too fast.

One of the big changes is his vocabulary.

I remember how much I loved it when he could only use sounds to communicate.

It was so pure and innocent and yet he could convey so much of his feelings through those little sounds.

Then came the words.

At first they were a hybrid of mumble and language … but over time, he could say Dada and Mama and it melted our hearts.

But now, his language is developing at a rapid rate and while so much of what he says is his brain connecting what he communicate with the context he [so far] understands, it leads to expressions of such beauty – and sadness – that you are left breathless for hearing it.

Don’t believe me?

Look at this SMS I got from Jill a while back …

Sure, when he say’s, “the drips of my sadness” he is being literal with what they are, in the context of the words he knows … but my god, the emotions those words ignite is incredible.

Maybe we are educating the emotional expression out of children like Sir Ken Robinson said we are doing with creativity.

Either way, I love that kid more and more.

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Oh Otis, you are breaking my heart.

Comment by Mary Bryant

i just want him to break his old mans bank account.

Comment by andy@cynic

Yep. That’s how I felt.

Comment by Rob

That is amazing guilt making language. Genius.

Comment by DH

Seems Otis has got his mother’s brains for language and his dad’s skills for manipulation.

Comment by DH

this is fucking fantastic. otis is going to bleed you dry. unless youve blown all your cash on wifi shit by then.

Comment by andy@cynic

He’s doing you proud Andy, don’t you worry.

Comment by Rob

still room for more. a whole shitload more.

Comment by andy@cynic

when literal is emotional you know the world is in a fucking bad place. fucking awesome expression though.

Comment by andy@cynic

Otis is brilliant.

Comment by Pete

All kids are Pete. Just Otis is slightly more brilliant than everyone else. Haha.

Comment by Rob

you have completely taken to this dad shit havent you campbell.

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Comment by Katerina

Say what you see.

Comment by John

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