4/15/12: Pinchy-Booms

Baby Talk

First lallation, then the easy intimacies.
Home-spoken words are bound to cause
mortification later. Soft sounds parents use
to coax language from children, utterances
that name private acts, body parts,
and close relations. In grade school,
these terms are met with laughter
or a blank stare. 

It began that way. How for a period of time,
he called grandfather Mr. Levine
instead of Zeyde. Was it the  many jarring
synonyms for kinsfolk —Meemaw, Papi, Nana, Opa
that that muted him?

His mother surely embarrassed him when she rubbed
 his nipples and called them pinchy-booms.
And the bathroom words.  Don’t get me started.

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