My daughter’s two new words today were "honey" and "mop". La Serpiente Aquatica Negra keeps pronouncing new vocabulary. Only last week she wasn’t saying "elbow" and now she’s progressing through body parts. She’s understood these for a long time (I was getting her to point to her eyes, chin, shoulders and feet a long time back) but it’s only recently that she’s started using these words.

She’s also started kissing us. Every night before she goes to bed, she has three different books to read, and then she gives each of us a hug and a kiss. A big open mouthed "mwaaah" on the cheek. For my wife, she adopts a more Continental approach, kissing her on alternate cheeks until she gets bored. For me she just leaves a big circle of saliva on my cheek, or clambers round and plants a big smacker on my mouth.

Mwaaah. Mwaaaaaah. Mwaaaaaaah.

Sometimes I think that she’s doing this sarcastically. You might think that’s paranoia on my part, but she’s also been laughing at us. Last night she lay in bed and went "ha … ha … ha" at us, as though the thought of two exhausted parents desperate for her to sleep was the funniest thing in the world.

I’ve still got the comedic skills, even if only in conjunction with my spouse.

Tonight though I didn’t get my daughter kissing my face because I had my Spanish class. I feel like I’m finally getting the hang of the indefinite past tense, but my brain is not yet capable of handling irregular verbs. Ah, how hard mental exercise can be. Maybe I should see how well La Serpiente Aquatica Negra can do at habliando espanol.


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