Every morning while getting ready for work, my husband enters our very short hallway with his work socks rolled in hand. Nibbler eagerly shouts “HIiiiii!” as Daddy closes the door and then Daddy says “Catch!” as his socks go hurtling through the air to bounce off Nibbler’s forehead as he smiles and laughs. It’s their game everyday and part of the routine until he becomes old enough to throw the sock back and bean my husband in the head in return.
I had no idea how much of an impact that this game had upon Nibbler, other than a bonding experience, until the other day when I was folding his clothes and had rolled up his socks in the bottom of the laundry basket. Nibbler set aside some toys, came over to the basket and picked up some socks and began to utter a word over and over again. It took me a second to realize he was saying “Catch! Catch! Catch!!”
Catch is not an action…it is also the word for socks. Just like “ich” is the word for brush and “pa-bly” or “na-nigh” is the word for pacifier. I wonder how many more words we’re going to have for objects that aren’t the right one? It’s like writing our own language. 🙂