February 2008

Having a toddler means never needing (or having the energy left for) other entertainment.

February 8, 2008 07:26

Yesterday my 18-month-old son was listening to music on the cable TV "Light Classical" channel (which, surprisingly, has a good variety of performers and styles and composers). He loved hearing Itzhak Perlman play something by Sarasate -- and when they showed a close-up still shot of Perlman, he pointed and exclaimed, "baby!"

Later on we heard the music wafting in from the other room, and there was some violin music. With great interest, he asked, "baby?"

Maybe it's just my addled brain that thinks this is funny. :)

Of course, he does very much enjoy playing my violin -- I let him pull my (carbon-fiber) bow across the strings (with guidance, trying to prevent him from banging) while I finger, and he likes to chase my fingers around the fingerboard while I'm bowing (creating the most terrible squealing noise of half-pressed strings). So perhaps he's referring to himself as "baby" and declaring his intentions to play as well as Perlman!

He has already insisted that we call him "Maestro".

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