What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say

I’ve been thinking about Mary Poppins lately – you know her special word? Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious? It’s the word you say when you don’t know what to say.

Everett has his own personal version. It started out as an excited noise, and goes something like this: “Goy, goy, goy!!”

As Mary Poppins sings, “You need to find a way to say, precisely what you mean…”

I guess it expressed what he wanted to say so well, he started using it all the time. In a moment of discomfort the other day, he let out one big, loud “GOY!” in frustration.

And last night, as I was putting him to bed, all sleepy and relaxed, he let out a soft little “Goy, goy, goy…” as he settled into his crib.

“So when the cat has got your tongue, there’s no need for dismay!
Just summon up this word and then you’ve got a lot to say!”

Everett and Anika

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