This morning I woke up to something wonderful: the sounds that my 7 month old daughter makes. Last week, she said her first word: mah-mah. I was proud of her for reaching a milestone and specifically for calling for me, which she does many times a day now. But, I came to realize something else, too.
For my super active, kiwi-loving baby, mah-mah means many things. It means: Feed me, I’m hungry! It also means: Pick me up and hug me! A few minutes ago it meant: Change my diaper! Earlier today it meant: Help me. I’m stuck! With her squeals, wiggles and one word vocabulary, she is doing what my cats cannot – using language to express emotions, feelings and needs. She has reached the milestone that separates man from many other mammals. And, she’s expressed to me that my many hours of love, nurturing and attention are paying off.
I can’t wait to see what she says next! As she learns her language skills, I will be ever mindful that they are peace-based as language is such a powerful tool for elevating us and creating a powerful self-image which either diminishes or empowers us.