Women no longer hold the top position for the gift of gab…. no, it now belongs to 7 year old boys. They rank at the top of the list. Or at least mine does.
I never thought my once shy boy would turn out to be such a talker. Now in all fairness he doesn’t just ramble on about nothing unprompted. You have to ask him a simple yes or no question. Then sit back and enjoy the story. Hopefully you have time to listen to a 20 minute monologue and even after that you may not have your yes or no.
Sometimes I have to stop him and tell him, “Just tell me YES or NO.” But if I have the time (and the patience) I will let him tell me his long, drawn out answer. I never know when he’s going to launch into one or I would have a camcorder ready.
I will attempt to give you an idea of what happens. I can’t think of an actual situation so I’ll have to adlib but I promise it will be close to the real thing.
“Hey Boy, did you bring home your backpack?”
“Well, I had lunch with Mark today. He had spaghetti but not like the kind that we have. Then when we went to recess I forgot my lunchbag so I had to go back and get it because Mrs. M said that’s what we’re supposed to do. But she wasn’t here today. We had a sub. It was Mrs. R again.”
“So…. your backpack?”
“Oh, yeah. It’s in the closet.”
Sometimes his stories wrap back around and he’ll eventually answer your question but I think that frequently he gets distracted by his own chatter and ends up on another planet. He’s quite the entertainer.