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Most people with children have funny anecdotes to share about things their kids have said or done, and as a mother of two interesting little girls, I’m also guilty as charged in that respect.

The thing is, I’m a terrible storyteller, so usually the good part of  whatever anecdote I happen to be relating,  is lost in translation, creating one of those “I guess you had to be there” moments.

Chloe, my youngest daughter, can be classified as a “special needs” kid. I’ve always thought of that term as generic, but for all intents and purposes, the “special needs” label is easier than explaining her exact condition. Her “special needs” have caused her to be delayed in various areas of development, namely speech, but over the last year and half, she has really blossomed, and her speech has improved significantly.

Which brings me back to my lame storytelling skills. Chloe is really funny. As she’s learned to speak, she’s added tons of words to her vocabulary.  English is a tricky language to learn, and mastery of it, well, let’s be honest, there aren’t too many of us who can claim to be true”masters.” Chloe has a pretty decent vocabulary, and she’s able to pick up new words fairly quickly. She mostly uses them in their correct context too…mostly, but sometimes, I catch her saying things that are worthy of a chuckle or two.

A few of my favorite Chloe-isms:

1. “We have naaa to do.” ~ Translation: We have nothing to do.  Okay, that one’s pretty tame, and really uh, I guess you had to be there, but since she first started saying it, she learned how to say the word “nothing” which made me kinda sad, so I still ask her to say “naaa” instead. She does not comply with my request. I’m a kook, I know.

2. “That’s my peep-hole.” ~ Probably no translation needed there, but let me explain. Chloe, though she is eight, wears diapers, again refer back to the “special needs” thing. So, I change her when she has pee-pee or number two. When I change her diaper, I need to well, wipe her private areas. She calls her pee-pee, her “peep-hole” which I find really amusing.

3. “Don’t talk ’bout it.” ~ I’m home all day with her, so I relish when Oscar gets home from work for adult talk. I’m a fan of re-telling Chloe antics that have happened during the day. She hates that, so as soon as she hears me start to talk about her, she busts out “Don’t talk ’bout it.” I still do though, I know, I’m mean.

It seems like there are so many more things Chloe says that I can classify as Chloe-isms, but of course I can’t think of any more. My memory is crap most of the time.

I promised Oscar, I’d clean out the hall bathroom because he’s going to demo it tomorrow.

Hallelujah. A small bathroom makeover is in my future, which is enough to make me say “yay!” any day of the week.

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