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“No” Means Everything

Colton cracks me up. At 19 months, he says about two-dozen words, including “cha-cha” (chocolate), “eh-fant” (elephant) and “go-go” (yogurt). He says “bash” for “spicy water”, which is our family reference to seltzer. Such an East coast thing. Seltzer burned my throat as a kid, now I drink nothing but. So Ellison called seltzer “spicy water”. Colton loves it, Ellison doesn’t. So Colton asks for “bash, peaz?” and drinks up. (We make great use of our Sodastream. We don’t put any flavoring in it.) He says “shoes, bat (bath), buh-sh (toothbrush), car, purple and yellow.” But he will not say “yes.” He never hesitates to say “no.” He will acquiesce to offers with a full-body nod, starting from his waist, to demonstrate “yes”. That’s when we TELL him, “Colton! Time for bath!” or “Time to go for a walk.” But if we ASK, “do you want to take a bath?” He says, “No.” Then he skidaddles to the bathroom. Far be it for me to compare my children…but I will. Ellison was a “yes” man. …