Sound effects

Evan is at the stage where he doesn’t quite know the actual word for everything in his world, but he’s found ways to express what he’s observing or thinking.

Whenever he sees a siren on top of a car, he loudly mimics a fire engine siren: “Woo oo oo!” Any construction equipment reminds him of a Wiggles song, inspiring “Dig dig dig dig!” He knows what a wheel is, though he pronounces it with two syllables: “Whee-uhl!” Finally, anytime anything backs up, whether it’s a car, shopping cart, or himself, he’s learned from the forklifts at Lowe’s to say “Mah Mah Mah Mah”, emulating their backup alerts.

A few days ago, there was a snow plow clearing the cul-de-sac across the street from us. Evan sat in the living room looking out the window and was in the same predicament as a chameleon sitting on a television screen. “Dig dig dig dig, Woo ooo oo! Mah mah mah, dig dig, whee-uhl! Woo ooo, mah mah mah!” It’s good thing there weren’t any animals, balls, or helicopters outside, or he might have exploded!

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