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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Toddler Volume Knob

Cute AND quiet.
I’m getting older.
And, let’s face it, my hearing is not what it was.
Okay, yes, it was never perfect.
But it was better . . .
We have a little three-year-old granddaughter.
A tow-headed, blue-eyed little pixie of a thing.
And she keeps us entertained.
When we can understand her.
Don’t get me wrong.
She speaks in complete sentences.
I think.
Her problem is volume.
Now, I should explain that our family is known for its volume.
One can’t reach the back of the hall from the stage if one doesn’t have sufficient lung power.
And our ‘raised on the stage’ kids have learned that lesson too well.
There isn’t any among them who cannot raise the roof when called upon.
With voice only.
And this includes the grandchildren.
Our family get-togethers aren’t so much visits as they are efforts to be distinguished from the hubbub.
And that is what makes our little pixie-girl such an anomaly.
She will say, in a high, squeaky little voice, “Gramma! Habee-debee-debee-debee-debee.”
At which point, I will lean closer. “What sweetheart?”
“Gramma! Habee-debee-debee-debee-debee.”
“You’ll have to speak up, sweetie. Gramma can’t hear you!”
“Gramma! Habee-debee-debee-debee-debee.”
“Sweetie. A little louder, please!”
“------------------------------------------------.”
You know she’s imparting much-needed, important knowledge. YOU JUST CAN’T HEAR IT!!!
My question to you is this.
Is there such a thing as a Toddler Volume Knob?
One that both raises and lowers?
Please send me the link.
I’ll be forever grateful.

13 comments:

  1. Ah, toddlers! My 18 mo. grandson is still in the consonant stage and he is loud.I think your little sweet girl gets shy after the first announcement. She will learn and outshout you all.

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  2. Yup! You are right, Susan!
    Love,
    Chris

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  3. She has learned an important lesson already.....if you speak quietly every else pays VERY close attention.

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    1. Huh. You're exactly right. We are ALL paying attention!

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  4. Speaking as a person who was very quiet and shy as a child too, I think Susan is right - your little pixie is not only quiet to start with, when she becomes the centre of attention she feels even more overwhelmed. But I might only be remembering how I felt :) Some of us do not have those projection vocal cords; it actually works the other way - something closes up in our throats the more we try to let it out.

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    1. So good to know, Jenny! I'm used to trying to tone them down. No idea how to deal with the quiet, shy type. Here is where I get my sensitivity training!

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  5. Gosh I wish my granddaughter WAS loud! She is almost two and barely speaks. When she does, it is almost a whisper. But I remember my own kids--how loud they were. Actually, when we are all together, they're STILL loud!

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    1. See? I figure your family and mine were cut out of the same bolt of cloth. Loud and colourful!

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  6. With my hearing I learned pretty quickly to ask the grandkids if they could please show me what they were trying to tell me. And they'd usually take me to the cookie jar.....

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    1. Aha! Cookie jar! Why didn't I think of that?!!!

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  7. IF ONLY, lady!!! This cracked me up so much. H has the opposite problem....

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