Saturday, October 11, 2008

We Fear The Little One Has Gained Intelligence

My son is fifteen months old.

Today, while my wife was getting ready for our niece's birthday party, I was put in charge of "watching" Joey, which means that I sit on the couch with my laptop and glance up every so often to make sure he's not doing something crazy like sucking on the end of a printer cable (don't laugh, that was one of his actual Saturday morning activities today). For the most part, he amuses himself and stays out of trouble.

I figured since I wasn't doing anything to actively help his little brain grow strong and robust, I decided to put the classical music channel on the TV. Well, first I put on some classic rock, but The Eagles and Peter Gabriel wasn't exactly what I was looking for, so then we went with classical. Pretty sure I read somewhere that it's good for brain development to listen to that kind of stuff.

So I'm sitting on the couch, working on something for Bus Leagues, when he toddled over and grabbed the remote. Not a problem - he likes electronics like remotes and phones (and apparently printer cables) and is allowed to play with them, as long as he isn't ordering porn On Demand or making crank calls.

I wasn't really listening to the TV, but it was on in the background so it was getting into my subconscious to some extent. A couple minutes later, I realized that something had changed - the classical music was gone. Joey must have changed the channel. I looked up to see what was on...

And it was Word Girl.

Remember, the first channel I went to was classic rock, then classical music. He didn't just accidentally hit the "last" button and end up on PBS. I know what you're thinking: "He probably pressed "2" and got lucky." Perhaps. But the thing that really surprised me was that he turned the channel to PBS, then walked over and handed me the remote. Like he had done what he needed to do, was done now, and wouldn't be needing it anymore.

And that's why I've been watching Word Girl for the last fifteen minutes. I just don't have the heart to change the channel.

(And to top it off, as I was writing this, I noticed him rummaging through his mother's bag on the floor, tossing stuff left and right. What did he come out with in the end? A bag of Mini Cheese Nips, which he brought over and handed to me. He's too smart, I say, too smart!)

3 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Just wait until he turns on the next vice presidential debate, and then lectures you in "joey language" about the pros and cons of each candidate...It surprised me the other day when he stopped dead in his tracks and watched the final 5-10 minutes of the movie "August Rush" without moving a muscle. The he proceeded to "do the joey dance" thru the closing credits...

Proud to be Joey's Dah!

Adam said...

Wow! So classical music does work. Just I didn't know it'd be so fast...

Forver and Ever said...

I agree with what Adam said...I guess it does work damn fast! who would have thought in a matter of minutes the brain developed that much! It's a miracle Moyni!