Bill is turning out to be a charming boy. At 21 months he is smallish and skinny, but with hazel eyes, a winning smile, and an irresistible giggle, he has also begun cultivating the social graces the Cap’n and I hold so dear. (Read about ’em here, here, and here.) When I sneeze, he says, “Ah-too, Mama.” When he asks for more of something and I prompt him, he says, “Peez, Mama.” And he regularly says “da-da” (infantese for todah, or “thank you” in Hebrew) when given something, with no prompting.
So for those out there who think teaching children manners can wait until they’re in school, or in the army, or never, I would like to point out that not only can babies be taught manners at an early age, but that even boys are educable. (That last was the Cap’n’s observation.)
So parents of eligible daughters, begin placing your bids for my boy now.