It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Creative hearing

“Ah gah-gah go ee gay.”

I’m getting better at deciphering William’s poorly-articulated speech. (He has started speech therapy, so we’re hoping for steady improvement.) I’m getting better — I’m smart, I’m intuitive, I’m creative — but I am not psychic, and sometimes nothing short of mind-reading is going to break the code. This one?

“Ah gah-gah go ee gay.”

A mystery. Neither the context, nor questions, nor observation enabled me to understand that one. (Guess away, if you must; you’ll be wrong.)

Emma (my youngest, 16) chortles. “The fun thing about William’s speech is that you get to decide what you just heard. For me, just then? He said,

‘I’ve got a goat. He’s gay.’ ”

It’ll do.

December 16, 2009 - Posted by | Mischief, my kids | , ,


  1. From years of deciphering my son’s speech, I’m going to go with “I’m going to go away.”

    But I like Emily’s version better!

    Looks good, but doesn’t fit the context. I like Emma’s, too — made me laugh.

    Comment by tuesy | December 16, 2009 | Reply

  2. Sorry, I mean Emma! It’s early out here!

    Mwah-ha. Not that it matters: neither are her real name…

    Comment by tuesy | December 16, 2009 | Reply

  3. “I gotta go…be gay.” Best I can do- even with Emma’s “help”!

    As in happy and carefree, of course. 🙂

    Comment by Jill in Atlanta | December 16, 2009 | Reply

  4. Hahahaha, so great! Especially the Farmville connection.

    I wondered if anyone would catch that! I’m a fan of the game, and the tots loooooove it. Whenever Mary plays, we sing “Old MacDonald”, so it’s a Quality Daycare Activity! Yes, yes it IS.

    Comment by mrssoup | December 16, 2009 | Reply

  5. Maybe, “I’m gonna go this way.” (But the goat comment is WAY better!)

    I’m a fan of the goat.

    Comment by Amy | December 16, 2009 | Reply

  6. LOVE the goat.

    Comment by daysgoby | December 16, 2009 | Reply

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