Thursday, September 29, 2011

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Muffin is slowly acquiring words. They come in bursts. So in a day, he will happily show off 4 or 5 newly acquired words and on other days, he will keep mum.

For the longest time, we couldn't get him to make animal noises. With the twins, even before they had real words, they had animal sounds. Old MacDonald Had a Farm had a lot to do with that. Muffin showed that he was entertained by the song and the concept of animals making specific sounds but he refused to replicate them.

Then in the span of last week, he could replicate all of them; dogs, cats, monkeys, cows, lions and tigers (granted lions and tigers make the same sound).

His favourite are dogs and cats. Possibly because he sees live specimens of them. That reminds me that I really need to take him to the zoo soon.

Anyway, all 3 kids love the cats that loiter around our estate. There is one in particular which they love. Obviously and most imaginatively, they call her CAT. And she is tame, nonchalant and accommodating towards the kids. She is also most tolerant of them. They throw leaves at her, holler at her and occasionally prod and poke her. I tried teaching them to use a stick to scratch her on her belly. But they end up prodding her despite my attempts to stop them. This is not done cruelly. I continually lecture them about NOT chasing cats. And most of the time, they are just trying their darndest to get a reaction out of Kitty Miss Nonchalant.

And the more she ignores them, the louder they get.

I spent half the time during this video worrying that Muffin would get his head stick between the grills and wondering how I would get his head out if he really did. I hear butter or oil really helps. But that is digressing and I have made a note to self to teach him, the next time he attempts to stick his head through that

Anyway, the above video is of him hollering "MEOW" at the cat. This subsequent one is of him hollering "CAT" and the twins attempting to tickle CAT.

My personal suspicion is that dear CAT might be deaf or has offspring of her own and has mastered the art of ignoring noisy children.

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