Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Saying nothing (Grandma Moments)


In the interests of making sure that she is developing 'normally', Little G has recently undergone her two year checkup with a health visitor. It went as well as could be expected. Meltdown when she had to lie on the floor to be measured. Meltdown when she was asked to perform various tasks. Meltdown whenever the health visitor came near her.

It reminded me of You must be mad's two year checkup, many years ago, during which she was given six bricks and asked to build them into a tower. Having eyed them with total disgust for a couple of seconds, she then handed each one in turn back to the health visitor and wandered off.

We don't do stupid in my family. Apparently the health visitor asked whether Little G could talk (she had refused to speak other than to protest), but was interrupted by Little G who launched into a complicated explanation as to why she was giving up on the (hard) jigsaw she was doing and why she wanted an easier one.

Evasive action is very much the name of the game right now, though Little G has always been good at avoiding answering stuff. I have been trying to find out what she gets up to at nursery since she started, age one. All I ever get told is: painting. And that she eats toast. That's it.

Recently she has advanced this to a higher level. Selective deafness has been added to the repertoire. And a recent inquiry by You must be mad as to how she spent her day elicited the response: 'I didn't do anything at all' which is now her standard reply to most questions.
Clearly a job in MI6 beckons.



12 comments:

  1. Haha, I love it! My daughter didn't speak AT ALL for two years when at nursery - we couldn't shut her up at home! :-)

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    1. It's the 'vague' look on her face! Cheeky monkey!

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  2. Love the way children won't perform. I had two close together, took one for her 2yr check and the other for her 6m hearing check on the same day. 2yr old refused to speak, then insisted on telling the baby where the sound came from so she could pass the hearing test. So doc took her outside to look at a book, and was amazed - when given something she was interested in - she talked happily about elephants (pronounced effluence, but that's another story).

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    1. You'd think they might just listen to the mums...one does know one's own child!

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  3. sounds hilarious, I love the way children cope with the world, and litle G is priceless!

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  4. I have four children and until each of them left for University, each of their days was EXACTLY the same--"Fine." What are the odds?

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    1. Haha..I think we have this to come...

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  5. I remember Daughter Number One going for her two year check up - the Health Visitor put some blocks down and asked her if she could build a tower. My daughter gave the poor woman a withering glance and said 'of course I can, I'm two years old', and refused to participate further.
    She still doesn't suffer fools gladly...

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    1. Of course we know who they take after!!!

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  6. I read your post and then barbtaub's reply with interest. I have a very similar problem with my two teenagers.

    "How was school?"
    "Same as usual."
    "So what did you do?"
    "Oh, you know..."

    Sadly, I don't know. I have no idea.

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    1. By the time she reaches school age, I expect she will have learned all these techniques...sigh!

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  7. Your granddaughter definitely has a mind of her own and in this day and age that is to applauded and encouraged. Brava Little G.

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