October 25th is the anniversary of the birth of the great historian Lord Macaulay. Gert loves this story about him: at the age of 3, when hot coffee was spilt on his legs, it’s claimed that he said to a kind lady fussing over him, “Thank you madam, the agony is abated.”
Now that’s the kind of kid Gert likes. If only all 3-year-olds were capable of expressing themselves so firmly, politely and correctly! If only they would all sit up straight and not interrupt. Away with the baby talk, the teddies and dollies, the helicopter parents and bedtime stories. All a toddler needs is a thesaurus, a good grammar book and a good dose of being ignored.
They say playing classical music to the child in the womb helps brain development. Just think what reading Lord Macaulay would do!