The other day, Son #2 and I were walking through the house and talking. He was telling me about various things in his baby talk. I listened to his story with interest. Then, he began to whimper. I made a sad face, held his chubby hand, and asked. "What do you want?"
Son #2 pointed into the air and mumbled a response. I couldn't quite make out what was said so I posed another question. "Baby, are you hungry?"
Son #2 shook his head quickly and replied. "No."
So, he wasn't hungry. I paused for a moment and then tried again. "Are you sleepy?"
Again, Son #2 answered with surety. "No."
What could he want? I tried a new question. "Do you want a toy?"
"No." Son #2 responded.
"Do you need to go potty?" I asked.
"No." Son #2 scowled.
"Do you want to go outside?" This question was a bit of a stretch considering it was quite cold out there.
"No." Son #2 said.
This conversation was becoming ridiculous. It occurred to me that Son #2 might only answer "no" to every question I asked. I decided to try out my little theory.
"Are you my sweet baby?" I asked with a mischievous sparkle in my eye.
"No." Son #2 responded firmly.
"Are you so cute?" I tried again.
"No." Son #2 said automatically.
Ha! So far my theory was correct. I tried once more for accuracy's sake. "Do you answer "no" to every question I ask?"
Son #2 paused thoughtfully. Then, he announced. "YES!"
I guess he really was paying attention.