December 1, 2007
EB's daughter Catherine, almost 1 1/2 now, is at an intriguing stage where she bables often but you can see bits of words sticking through, and she has much of the rhythm and tone of language down.

On the one hand, it's frustrating, because it always seems on the verge of "real" communication, and then I'll be able to tell her about the world and see things from her perspective. On the other hand, I'm kind of worried about coping with how narrowly focused her life agenda probably is. (Even when you go for a faux-Buddhist "child's mild", an adult is probably only to get a limited amount of intellectual or aesthetic satisfaction from taking tupperware bowls out of the drawer. And putting them back in. And taking them out again. And stacking the bowls. And putting them back in the drawer.)

Quote of the Moment
Fools rush in where fools have been before.