Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Max plays the shell game

Max is starting to experiment with gestures. He will sometimes wave, although he's probably confused about what waving means because when he flaps his hand at us it sets off a few minutes of furious waving by every adult in sight (house rule--no exception for visitors). But he's always watching us and, in the manner of children, sees and hears gestures and words that we don't realize we're making. For example, Carolyn has been playing the shell game with Max; he likes it and always finds the ball (at some point we're going to have explain to him that he should decline invitations to play on the sidewalks of New York City). Unconsciously, Carolyn turns up her palms when asking "Where's the ball?" When Max now puts a ball down, he will sometimes mimic the gesture, looking like a tiny Borscht belt comedian hitting a punchline. Apparently, Max thinks that palms up means something like "I've put down the ball".

The video below captures some of this, as well as a lot of miscellaneous domestic chaos. (Click here if you can't see the embedded video.)

Max Plays the Shell Game from Codered Summer on Vimeo.