Friday, September 10, 2010

cryptospeak

on her way to learning english, my younger girl has made loads of the typical mispronunciations and misinterpretations that make kidspeak so funny. when she was two, she couldn't say macaroni so she asked for "f*ckaroni and cheese". a shoe was an "oosh". when we go for a drive on the turnpike, we have to stop and pay the "troll". she even called me esther the other day for no clear reason. awesome stuff to write in the baby book.

but my older one. oh my god. that indecipherable mystery of my life was largely silent until she was three, setting off ten-alarm panic bells (read here for her story) throughout the early childhood development community. then poof - nearly overnight - she started dispensing crisp, neatly articulated sentences based on the speech pattern of a 90 year old and the grammar rules from another planet. (read here for more on that). she's nearly eight and sometimes we still need a translator.

cryptospeak-nibble

cryptospeak-being-born

cryptospeak-dessert

cryptospeak-expired

cryptospeak-unokay


cryptospeak-let-me-speak

cryptospeak-medical

cryptospeak-missing

with-tubes-of-paper

to my delight she is still mostly oblivious to the great stuff that comes out of her mouth. but i worry that will change. she's at the age where she's becoming aware of how other kids perceive her. all i can do is document her cryptospeak, madly and clandestinely, and hope that she won't censor herself in order to fit in - not only for her sake, but for mine. this blog will totally go down the tubes if she conforms - she's my biggest source of creative fodder! stay yourself, artsygirl. please.

(credits: handmade background papers from world market, gypsy head wrap from julie bartel, t-shirt from alix, child from who knows where.)

70 comments:

Buffalo Lucy said...

Oh I ADORE that girl!! <3

Sarah said...

So beautiful in every way! I love the speech that comes from both your girls-long may it continue! I love that picture! Have a very happy weekend with your lovely girls!

cindy said...

i think artsygirl is absolutely brilliant and hope she stays her authentic self. i'm going to plagiarize her tonight with 'i just ate into half of my dessert space'. grow food is such a bore, especially when it's green vegetables. i love her in all her pinkness, too!

Martha Lever said...

Hi Aimee,
I SO loved reading about your precious and exceptionally creative and intelligent little artsy girl! She certainly has a wonderful way with words and someday she will do something extraordinary for sure..like write wonderful novels, or paint beautiful pictures or even be an academy award willing actress! Who knows--- but I hope we are all still blogging so we can all find out!!!!

la ninja said...

can I please borrow "I'm getting un-okay with this". please, pretty please, with sugar on top.

it may come in handy in my last endeavour to confuse those rascals...

Isabel said...

I hope she stays her true beautiful self:O)My son could not say Banana...it was Bwana love those memories:O) Thanx for sharing and making me smile:O)

painted fish studio said...

your girls are so amazing, and i hope, hope, hope that artsygirl continues to be the fabulous creature she is. and if anyone gives her guff, call me, and i will get in my car, drive 8 hours, and personally kick their ass. and you and i will celebrate over a bottle of wine and f*ckaroni and cheese.

Lori said...

OH I LOVE LOVE LOVE HER! Oh Aimee I'm not sure which is funnier, that she ate into half her dessert space or that she is getting un-okay with that. omg. I'm stealing her lines starting now.

Megan Walker said...

Artsy Girl is pure genius. But of course, the nut doesn't fall far from the tree Aimee :)

Have an awesome weekend!

I Saw You Dancing said...

Pure magic! Both of you. x

Biomouse said...

Can I just borrow her for a little bit? My youngest sister had some very strange speaking habits much like those and also didn't start talking to a little on the later side. Of course when she did it was some of the funniest stuff I have ever heard in my life and I wish my parents had kept better documenting of it all. Enjoy her cryptospeak for as long as you can, and we'll all share in the joy by proxy.

Happy Friday!

Danielle Miller-Gilliam said...

I stumbled upon your blog via a twitter friend and I am so glad I clicked that link! This post illustrates the beauty of human nature---the uniqueness of your child and your lovingness as her mother. It made me smile and I think I will now "go outside and nibble at the fresh air"...

cath c said...

as one who has been known to crytobabble - your daughter is a born poet.

Jill said...

SO incredibly brilliant!!!
i'm going to have to go back and read the links in this post now. Our youngest of three boys is going through a speech and language delay. At three years old, he has so much growing ahead of him and sometimes I wonder what he's thinking, or if i'm "dumbing" him down in my expectations. He's not completely silent, and has a large vocab, but doesn't string many words together yet and is not very intelligible to outsiders. I know that he understands almost everything said to him. I wonder if one day it will 'click' and he will begin to speak in clearly formed sentences and what the future will hold for him. thanks for sharing!

Laurie said...

Oh my!!! She is hilarious. I may have to use some of those for journaling prompts. Thank you for sharing those with us Ü

allison strine said...

Oh, what a riot! Wonderful brilliant child! And your daughter's not bad either - har. . .

chrissy said...

wherever you got her she is a keeper.
how wonderful are those sayings.
i LOVE what comes out of our children.s mouths.
i heard my 10 year old daughter say today to her friend in all seriousness...
"FREAKY PEOPLE. i am just so not in to them."
love your art
your princess
and
you

c

Eden said...

My favorite is "Your invitation has expired"....she's a hoot!! Oh, i hope she doesn't change!

aimee said...

I'm glad it amuses you all as much as it does me - sometimes I wonder before I hit publish "is this just something that belongs in the baby book?" But I love hearing stories of things other kids say, so I figured, why not.

You are all welcome to lift and use any of these phrases as you wish - lord knows I do it all the time! My favorite is "your invitation has expired" which was directed in frustration at her little sister (also the target of "i'm getting un-okay with this.")

But the best one, given the context, was when my neighbor dropped by one afternoon, and her kids and mine took off in the front yard to play. Apparently Nina scraped her knee or something; I don't know what happened exactly - the neighbor and i were in conversation and not paying attention, and at the very moment she was telling me how much she loved the way nina speaks and structures her sentences, the child ran up to me and begged for medical care. it was one of the best cases of timing ever. (On the side, this was the same neighbor, by the way, to whom Nina fed a line of drivel that she and her sister were adopted.)

Karen Blados said...

This is why I love you and keep coming back to your blog. You celebrate innocence and uniqueness of your children. From someone who never quite fit in, despite trying desperately for awhile, I think you're awesome. I'm also sure your individuals will truly appreciate you when they look back on their chidlhood.

joanne said...

Oh I laughed out loud on that! You made my evening!

rachel awes said...

i love these
a mountain peaky amount.
i'd love to buy
a little collection,
like a teeny "deck"
& give them as gifts!
i am flipped over crypt-O-speak!
xoxoxo to that girrrrrrrl & you!

nacherluver said...

too cute!

Gretchen said...

Such great sayings. And you're right, some of them do need interpretations.

messyfish said...

Oh she is excellent! (artsygirl) I hope she stays herself too. We need more of her in this world. I have a 2 yr asking for pop corn like this "cock porn". Hmmmm. It's fresh. We make it ourselves, but it's not so wholesome now somehow!

Domestic Scribbles said...

I'm glad our invitations to read aren't expired (although what can she do for us paying the trolls?). Thanks for sharing about her awesomeness!

Christine E-E said...

your blog posts bring a smile to my face, a tug at my heart & giggles to my space!
your outlook on life is as charming as your art, your daughters and continues to inspire all of us!
wish i lived closer to the midwest so i could cruise your neighborhood & drop by for a lemonade & a peek at your artistic spaces!
i'll just keep visiting & marveling & giggling!

Linda Sue said...

Brilliant daughter there! wonderful art from inspiring language- LOVE "can I get some medical care here?" wonderful child!!!

oneartistjournal said...

Her expressions are so spirited and moving Aimee. She is sheer wonder. You both will metamorphose into many beautiful life forms, many times, and you will allways be magnificent.
XOXOrly

Giggles said...

I adore this little genius, natural writer, born artist! Amazing child that she is! Reminds me of the girl who wrote Juno, "Cody Diablo" I can only wonder the stories her mom has to tell!!

I doubt she'll change when she has such incredible intimate support at home! I always say children are brought into our lives to teach us more than we have to teach them!!

Thanks for sharing these interesting comments, truly makes my day!! You are both so blessed to have each other!

jennifer lee said...

pure creative genius! love these!!

Phoenix Peacock said...

haha, I love kidspeak and your daughter's sentences are AMAZING! I love that you are writing them down to keep as inspiration for the *gasp* normal miss cliche years to come. sigh. I wish all kids would realize their quirkiness is their greatest advantage in life.

Bella Sinclair said...

Aww, aimee. You've moved me to tears with this one. Am I hormonal? Yeah, maybe. But you are absolutely right and equally as brilliant to grab these nina-isms whenever and wherever you find them, like they are droplets of pure gold. This is the next best thing to capturing time in a bottle. I hope little artsygirl's words are as colorful as her arms forever and ever and ever.

Veja cecilia said...

hahaha, just great!

lori vliegen said...

sounds like a classic case of "like mother, like daughter".....she certainly has your gift of the spoken word! and can we please put "i'm getting un-okay with this" in the best-things-ever-said time capsule?!!!! this sweet artsygirl definitely puts a smile on my face!!! xox, :))))

Jennifer said...

These are laugh out loud funny! A friend of mine's niece - age 3 at the time - upon overhearing herself referred to as a B-R-A-T she replied back "I NOT a B-R-T! I am Princess Lippy!" Happy Sunday to you Aimee!

la ninja said...

but cryptospeak is so much cooler than ninja english...

ra ma la ma ding dong... she's onto something good there, that one! :)

kendalee said...

Your artsygirl is a treasure! But what I love almost as much is that you record and appreciate her so. Lucky you to have her in your life, but lucky her, to have you!

Kelly Warren said...

those are great words! and i love how you saved them onto little tags. i will steal that idea. just confessing now. :-)

freebird said...

Kids do and say the darndest things. My middle granddaughter held onto a book from the first moment she could hold something (books instead of a security blanket even) and her speech is similar to your daughters. We do enjoy hearing her speak and at eleven, she has not lost the ability to "speak for herself" so your daughter might not either.

The Original Drama Mama said...

Love it, love it, love it. A friend of mine calls them "Roryisms" (her daughter, also 8, in named Rory) and delights with a new Roryism via FaceBook almost every day.
My 7 year old, Miss A, has said many a darn thing too, I love how you have turned your daughter's sayings into awesome keepsakes!
I have said it before, and I'll say it again - we Mamas need to write a book.

S.E.Minegar said...

how wonderful that you have collected all of those sound bites for her to read when she's bigger. i like how her mind works! precious.

e-alkes blog said...

your last pic is so cute :)

violette said...

oh my gosh did your daughter really say all of that stuff?? That is too special........i hope you keep nurturing that wonderful little creative soul. My daughter Jessica was like her and now she has a graphic arts degree and is a director at a film school!!

Thanks for your kind comment on my blog Aimee :)

Love, violette

Shannon said...

you know how much i love documenting what our kids say. so brilliant, you all are... thanks for making me smile today.

Coreopsis said...

Oh Aimee, I LOVED your description and examples of your daughter's language.

And for what it's worth, I have had a few high school students who speak in a similar way (of course, some kids consider those kids odd, but at Free State anyway, they are also held in high regard--i.e., they may be odd, but they're also wildly creative and fun, and they're OUR odd people.) If you guys stay where you are, then she's slated to go to nothing but schools where kids are well accepted for who they are, and there isn't a whole lot of "trying to fit in". My younger son spent his whole three years in junior high wearing brightly colored pants, which nobody else did. He liked them. His dad dyed them all for him. But felt no compulsion to wear something else just because "everyone else" did. I wouldn't have had my kids go anyplace else.

Reading your post makes me really happy.

Jane said...

Oh my goodness...her words are fabulous! My son is 14 and has Aspergers. He sees the world in a quirky way. There are people, some family members included, that still want to "fix" him and rail against his quirkiness. I have my times when I want to stick my head in the toilet but generally speaking my son delights me in so many ways. I love him just the way God made him. I tell him all the time to remain true to himself and don't change for anyone. If not for him I wouldn't have learned half the stuff I know about patience, humor and compassion.

Regina said...

I am a silent stalker of this blog, but your daughter is so awesome I had to post a comment. I hope she continues to keep it real! What a delight. I'm kind of jealous I didn't think of any of those things to say myslef, so witty and clever they are.

Anairam said...

What a special girl! I do hope that she keeps her own way of expressing herself - I see her writing the most amazing book one day!

L'Atelier said...

so do i! artsygirl makes me smile and giggle at my screen and keep that smile throught the day, well she is just as adorable as her mum :)

T.L. Holmes said...

I want to be her English teacher, her babysitter...SOMETHING!! My imagination revels in her possibilities! Big hugs to you and yours... Tara :)

Pixie Campbell said...

love love love it. my fave is "can i get some medical care here?" sassy thing. she and miles would love having a conversation. he too, was zip-lipped until nearly three. and now i can't shut him up!! so happy to experience your beautiful colors...

Katrina said...

i LOVE the way she talks. makes the poet in me giddy with delight.

Sharon said...

What a delight! I love that you've captured these gems your daughter speaks. We are all the more joyful today for having read them. I hope she stays true to herself too.

cathyb said...

Hey - great post - kids are the best for telling it like it is. I wanted to come over and "meet" you since Carmen (Torbus) suggest you and I might have some things in common How funny - we are indeed kindred spirits who share a love of doodling - how fun to have "met" you! I'll be back!

Theresa said...

She's so awesome. You are too.

You still want to do corner view? Next week's theme is HUMOR! Either way is fine, no worries. Jane and I are updating the list, it has gotten long. Please let me know. Thanks Theresa

hanna-happenings said...

I adore the way You are being her mother. A match made in heaven!

gypsy said...

Your daughter's words are hilarious! Thank you for reminding me to start writing down the cryptic phrases from my kids again - don't know why I stopped!

Brittany said...

I think if Shakespeare's mother had recorded his first creative uses of language, it would've been something like this. Loved this post.

Kate said...

I laugh as I read this post because I think about my girls who are growning up so fast and the things that they say are so funny, I used to keep a little moleskin in my bag to take notes of things that they said, but I really need to start it back up, they still say the cutiest things. I love your art by the way. http://asouthernladysramblings.blogspot.com

●• Thereza said...

well, she's my girl! i knew that from day one.. space cadets for EVER!

Lisa said...

OMG - I am love, love, loving these fabulous quotes....artsygirl rules!

aimee said...

you are all the best! thanks!

heather smith jones said...

I'm sitting here wondering when she turned eight? Wasn't she just in preschool like five minutes ago?
Your girls are so amazing and kidspeak is the best.

Lisa said...

Totally totally awesome.

I'll have to ask her for a better way to say that.

AG Ambroult said...

oh my god you should totally start a twitter account and only tweet her cryptospeak. You'd land a book deal in a split second. She is hysterical. Thanks for sharing her words of wisdom.
I have one who is starting to have a sense of her image in the world, too. What to do? I just praise her quirky-ness as much as I can and hope she doesn't rebel against my love someday.

~Valentina~ said...

Artsygirl Rocks!! The way she think and talk is just AWESOME!

Melisa K. said...

I think you should make these into greeting cards. I am serious. I'd buy them all.

susan in seattle said...

I also have 2 highly creative girls who are now grown. Their cryptospeak amazed us too. A hose was a water rope; harmonica was a hooeycorn; and the youngest loved putting her 'ewwies on my weeties' (shoes on her feet). We kept it all written down in a little book and they love reading it now. Also gave them a battery operated kid recorder and got some delightful things recorded in the privacy of the couch fort. I delight in hearing their baby voices now. Lauren, the eldest once recorded a song called "Take the Way of How to Count Away From Me" She's a painter now with a day job slinging sushi. Annie, the other, is now an architect intern and takes great delight in seeing things differently than other people. So fascinating to see how bright shining kids turn out. Keep writing everything down! Love your art and blog!!!

aimee said...

thank you susan - that is a beautiful story! i'm enjoying hearing others' stories just as much as i am documenting my own girls' journey. i will no longer call a harmonica by its given name - it will now be a hooeycorn!