There is an echo around the homes in our family these days. It emanates from our two year old granddaughter, Caitlin.
She is on an approximate five second delay, then repeats anything she hears. This goes for sounds such as laughs, screams, giggles or words. This is especially true when it comes to repeating after her four year old sister, Sylvie.
Caitlin's echoing is very dangerous for older people in the family who have a renewed need to be careful of each word uttered. A sudden expletive can be repeated by our echo with perfect diction; self-censoring is essential for all adults in Caitlin's company now.
Meanwhile, our echo is trying everything out, sounds and words, as if the ability to repeat them is the real magic. She is thrilled with herself and her new found voice. We, her family, cherish these moments with her because they pass all too quickly.