language development

 

To Alice:

This happened a few nights ago, after you were sleeping.

I asked your dad a  question, and his response was, “Da.”

No joke.

He was not being funny, and he was not being cute.

I asked him a yes-or-no question, and the first word to his mouth was “Da.”

(“Did you know what I meant?” he said when I laughed. I nodded, yes. “Well then …”)

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