By Braddah Lance
Having two keiki, 3 years old and 11 months old, I'm immersed in stuff from "baby talk" to children shows to cartoons to toys to clothing. If there's anything dat stays constant, it has to be nursery rhymes.
I sing da ABC's - with a BL twist at da end of course - Itsy Bitsy Spider and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to name a few. Now dat Da Keiki is in preschool, she now knows quite a few more like Wheels On The Bus, B-I-N-G-O and Old MacDonald. It's amazing how these songs nevah seem to fade away yeah?
There are also some local terms dat seem to "stick" at da "baby age" like bocha (bath), nene (sleep) and mum mum (eat/food) although da last term I found out isn't so local aftah all since there's actually a baby food brand called Mum Mum.
I couldn't believe it cause I ALWAYS thought dat was a local term - didn't mattah which generation or race - and it was something dat as we grew up, we always heard and said and passed on to each generation.
There are some "terms" we've either grown up with or have been saying recently which I have a feeling will be passed on from my keiki to their's. I say "Oi" (in a deeper, scolding kine voice) when calling out something they're not supposed to be doing. I say "whoo-sha" when swooping them up like an airplane (sounds bettah than reading it). And one thing I'm regretting saying more than my fair share is, "watevah" in da sassy-I-no-like-boddah-already kine voice cause my 3 year says it to da T and uses it in da right context and tone too!
Wassup Wit Dat!
Wat have you grown up with dat is "universal"? Have you your own nuances dat you've passed on to yours? If you have keiki, wat shows have you watched dat weren't in your time? I'm glad Sesame Street is still on and even still has Gordan and Maria! I'm glad dat there are educational and social cartoons out there as my daughter has actually learned a lot from da likes of Dora, Diego, Jake and The Neverland Pirates, Sid The Science Kid, Octonauts and Bubble Guppies just to name a few.
Watevah happened to Thundercats, He-Man, Transformers, GI Joe and one of my all time favorites, Star Blazers!