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I have five children - the youngest just turned four. He began to talk, say, six months ago. I was worried - even had him in speech therapy - but am realizing that he only had to look at anyone in the family with those huge brown eyes of his and his every need, want, wish, or passing fancy would be granted. I view his speaking in full sentences with mixed emotions. My baby - the whole family's baby - is growing up. So we got to experience the cute baby-toddler talk for just a little longer than normal. In many ways, I'm grateful.
My son, who is brilliant in a lot of ways, didn't start speaking until he was two and change. All the kids in his class could speak in full sentences. I knew from the get go, that he'd be a late talker and that he'd start speaking in complete sentences. Some kids are just like that.SO glad to hear your daughter is talking now. You sound like a fun family.-Margaret
What a lovely essay. I especially like the way that you honored your first child. I miscarried my first and it is a pain that never quite heals. Your essay makes me think that I should find a way to honor my lost little one as well.
Thank you for the essay. It is beautiful. We too had a non-talker to a loquacious sibling, that is what caught me when I started reading. But I fell in love with your writing and your celebration of your beautiful girls. Thank you
Liam,As I read your article I found myself enjoying your writing and wondering what sort else you had written. How thrilled I was to see that you are the author of "The Cloud Atlas" a book I thoroughly enjoyed. I never imagined when reading the book that it's author was a dad of three girls. I am dyslexic and although I love good writing and a good book, I read slowly and laboriously so it says a lot that your book made it on my list of books I bothered to read.
I am so happy for all of the people whose late talkers are now thriving, communicating little children. That is not always the case. My son did not talk until he was 3 - turns out, he has autism.
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