Jack loves his videos.
Oh, wait….this is 2013 and all.
Jack loves his DVDs.
There is Bear in the Big Blue House. Various Elmo’s. Blues Clues. Wienie and Oswald. And two very special DVDS: one called Straight Up about helicopters and the other is a DVD of airplanes doing water landings and take offs at a Canadian airport.
The way Jack usually requests a specific disc is to say “Wanna watch Elmo!? OK!! I getta Elmo”
So you go into his room. Turn on the tv and the DVD player. The DVD player takes a little while to warm up. Then you pop out the LAST DVD. Usually at this time Jack is settling down on the couch and shouting “Ok! I getta Elmo! YES YES ELMO!”. And to keep him calm you say that back to him so that he knows, yes, indeed, you ARE going to produce Elmo at any moment. So you get the right disc in, fast forward through the five minutes of promos and get it started. oh, YES! It MUST be watched from the very beginning.
Except…..as of late….that is NOT the way it has been going.
Jack has been, shall we say? FICKLE.
He shouts “Bear! wanna watch BEAR!!”
And I go into the room, and say, “Yes, Bear, Tina gets Bear”
And go through the motions and get it all cued up, hit play, go to leave the room and…….
“Elmo?! YES ELMO!OK!! I getta ELMO!”
OK….so back in I go…..”Yes, Elmo”
As I am shuffling discs….
“Blue? Yes YES Blue OK! OK! OK!! I getta Blue”
At this point I am halfway between discs and turn to Jack:
” Want to watch Blue? or Elmo?”
“Elmo or Blue”?
(because sometimes he will just repeat the last one named)
So once again……back to it.
I leave the room, sit back down at the computer and I hear:
“HELICOPTER! TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINA!! HELICOPTER”
And so it goes…..
But can I really get too mad about this?
A few years ago Jack did not have the language or cognitive ability to make these requests.
Now? He can talk. He makes decisions about what he wants to watch.
He has learned the power of language!!
I guess I can’t complain too much– just another day of living in the Jack lane. 😉