Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Matilda Isabella in a Babushka

I've said since she was a wee little thing that Matilda is soooooooo intelligent. I have six grandchildren now and all are beyond special. Matilda is learning beyond her age. Of course it is with the BIG help of her Mom and Dad, the "Gypsy Kids".

Lisa has been teaching her to "sign" since she was about eight months old. When I was at their house in December she was signing when she wanted milk, more, and a few other things. I was astonished. How cool is that? And, how smart!

It would never have occured to me to teach a child to sign that young. But, Lisa is brilliant too and she started it. Ok, now you are going to be astonished when I write the list that this 15 month old baby can sign........

dog, more, daddy, eat, yummy, where, what, banana, apple, bird, up, milk, hello, hat, shoes, frog, cheese, elephant, book (which means read to me), shirt, drink, baby, all done, bear, flower (which is accompanied by the crinkled nose and the sniffing sound), sleep and telephone. Just think how helpful that is for the parents for the baby to tell them those things.

Good grief, I better get busy and study my "signing". I'm going to have to be able to keep up with this kid! I suppose next, she'll be fluent in Spanish, since her mother is fluent.

Now, if I could just be as technologically savvy as the my seventeen year old and other grandchildren, I'd be perfect.

Want to learn to sign with me? Here's two sites. and Wonder if I can sign "Capt. Morgan's with lime, por favor". Ha.


Anonymous said...

Just started reading your blog and a few others. I have lived in San Miguel as well many years but pretty much stay to myself. She is a cute little thing, that little one. You have not mentioned "The Man" are things going with this new romance? I believe in Love and know there are many older Bachlor men that live here that are alone and will probably end up alone, without someone to love because of their insecurities. So look outside for love and companionship and watch who say they are friends, is what I have learned.

What is important is to love yourself and be happy. You sound like a good person.

Billie Mercer said...

That child is beyond precious. I bet she has her Daddy wrapped around her little finger.

Babs said...

Ahh Billie, don't you KNOW she has him wrapped around her little finger - she came up to him the other day, tugged at his pant's leg and signed, "I love you Daddy". I asked him if he cried, he said, "Like a baby"! He is enjoying EVERY second of her life.
And Anonymous, I DO love myself and hope to have someone some day to share that love with - at the moment it is not "The Man".

Mike Nickell and Cynthia Johnson said...

Hi Babs - Just curious, are either of the Gypsy Kids deaf or hard of hearing? I had a deaf Seal Point Siamese cat when I was studying American Sign Language and I taught her all kinds of signs that I really believe she learned. Tony, Tony the cat. (Yeah, I know it's spelled weird for a girl, but the guy that gave her to me was named Tony.)