Non-verbal communication

By kateandcarla

June 26, 2011

Category: Uncategorized

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Behold the scrunch face.

Lily makes it when she’s feeling goofy or bossed around or is simply amused by Charlotte’s tireless devotion to sock-stealing, and it’s often a good indication that we have about two minutes until she’ll be bored with whatever we’re doing and will be ready to move on to bigger and better and more exciting things. In short, it’s probably my current favorite Lily-look– and it is, without a doubt, one of the best ways she knows to clearly convey a feeling (or collection of feelings) that she can’t quite articulate.

Much to Dmitri’s delight (ha, ha), I am a textbook let’s-talk-about-our-emotions kind of gal. I can– and do!– analyze for hours, and I spend way too much time looking for exactly the right word when attemptimg to name a particular (or particularly complex) sentiment. But Lily’s relatively limited toddler vocabulary has really forced me provided me with the opportunity to question my strategy. Perhaps words aren’t always the best way to convey complicated thoughts and feelings.

So for the next few months, that’s my goal. As Lily works on adding a whole bunch of new words to her repertoire–and I can assure you that she’s been exposed to quite a range of words :)– I’m going to work on becoming a little bit clearer and a lot less tangled when it comes to explaining how I feel and what I want. And if all else fails, I hear that a carefully timed nose-wrinkle (especially when the wrinkl-er is dressed in a ducky robe) is a pretty effective way to get those around you to obey your every (silent) command.

Scrunch.

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