Ethan is a talker. He was using words earlier than most boys and he just kept adding to his vocabulary. A few years ago I read a study that said that watching tv was bad for young children and babies because it would hinder their speaking or vocabulary development. I remember thinking that it was a good thing I had sat Ethan in front of the television when he was little because I didn’t know if I could handle a more verbal Ethan. That’s probably not a typical response to hearing about the research. It may just be me 🙂
Well, it has turned out that he’s not discriminating in regards to who or when he does the talking. When we go shopping, he asks the sales clerks if they have Lego Star Wars for the Wii and then he proceeds to tell them everything he is doing in the game. At church, during the time when we greet people around us, Ethan pops up out of his chair and says hello to as many people as he can before the time is up. Our church also has a children’s story time before the kids go to their children’s church class. Audrey insists that I go up with her. Ethan flies out of his seat and runs down the aisle to get close to the teacher or to seat by Ethan T.O.E (The Other Ethan). I end up with a front row seat to hear the children’s story and my son’s response. He has spoken up so many times now that I don’t even remember all the times he’s said something that caused the congregation to howl in laughter.
I was just asking Nathan if he remembered some. Ethan usually answers the rhetorical questions. In last week’s story about eagles, the storyteller asked if they would like to be like an eagle, and he said “No, they have to eat worms!” and then he stayed on stage after all the kids left and told the storyteller what was great about being an eagle (you can see storms coming from a long way off). Today, the storyteller (Emery, our pastor’s wife) was talking about Palm Sunday. She said it was the week before Easter. Ethan waved his hand in the air and said, “You know what’s great about Easter? I get to go see Nana and Grandpa. . .” at this point Emery told Ethan that he could tell her the rest later. She was very sweet and gracious so Ethan didn’t feel bad. Meanwhile, Nathan is back in his seat and telling one of the parents near him that he’s terrified of what Ethan will say every time he goes up there.
The beautiful ending to today’s escapade happened as I went to pick up Ethan and Audrey from children’s church. I was gathering the kids when I heard one of the teachers say, “I want to meet Ethan’s mom.” Oh dear. Fear struck my heart. He came over and said, “I’ll be praying for you.”
(Here’s a picture of Ethan striking up a conversation with a random stranger as we waited for lunch one day.)