There is a filter in our minds that helps us to distinguish what is acceptable to say out loud, and what is best kept to ourselves. The development of this awareness is crucial to social interactions. Without a strainer to sieve out the appropriate statements from the ones that should remain self-contained thoughts, it is pretty easy to alienate, annoy, or insult the person you are talking to.
Perhaps I am too conservative when it comes to unleashing my own private perspectives, and I do appreciate the type of person who is willing to speak their mind unreservedly. But there is a boundary that can be crossed. There is a fine line between sharing, over sharing, and cocaine remnants on your credit card.
Although I am delighted The Munch is so verbal (mainly because it makes me think she is smart, and then that makes me think I am smart for breeding a smart child), you don’t really want to know everything a 22- month old thinks. This kid has no inner monologue. She doesn’t seem to ever contemplate what she is going to say, but rather expresses herself without any restraint; a diarrhea of consciousness ejecting from her mouth with excessive velocity and force.
Yes it is nice that she can express her needs, but no I do not need to hear her repeat them to the point of insanity. Yes I am glad she is learning about the world and makes observations, but no I do not need to be alerted every time she see’s an ant outside.
We went on a car ride the other day, and this is a little bit of what goes on in The Munch’s mind.
“I wanna hear Elmo’s song. Elmo’s song. Elmo’s song. Noooooo! I wanna hear Bus. Wheels on the Bus. I wanna see the baby cows. I wanna see the baby cows. I wanna see the baby cows. I wanna see the baby cows. I wanna see the baby cows. I wanna see the baby cows. Elmo’s song! ELMO’S SONG! I see a motorcycle. Bye motorcycle. I wanna see the baby cows. I wanna see the baby cows. I wanna see the baby cows. Wheels on the Bus. Bus. Bus. BUSSSSSSSS!!! I see big truck! Bye big truck. I wanna see the babies. I wanna see the babies. Go to the park. Go to the park. GO TO THE PARK. GO DOWN THE SLIDE. SLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE! Elmo’s song. I wanna hear Elmo’s song.”
That drive was about 1 mile down the road.
“Wow.. talking to you can really be exhausting!”