The New Things

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There have been some new developments.

Noah has experienced a tennis ball rolling over his chest and onto the ground.

This caused him untold mirth. There was movement and shape and sensation and hilarity and all at once. So why does a baby laugh at this or that? It is a true mystery and now there is a new glowing segment of Noah that is a mixture of dad and laughing and mum and that day on the lawn with the tennis ball.  And it caused him to not be able to NOT laugh. The expanding Noah…

Max has discovered two things. The first was the magnificent sound a zipper can make when tapped on a wooden floor. The zipper is attached to his pyjamas, under the left foot. He can hold onto a chair and tap the left foot, standing straight and superb, tapping and tapping.

The second was the fabulous noise a chair leg can make when moved back and forth across a wooden floor. This new information caused Max to clench his mind in delight, to repeat and repeat the new experiment, to scan the watching faces for recognition of his miracle.

 

 

Max and the Ukulele

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One of the Aunts is not feeling well. She consoles herself playing some music to Max who is now six months old and sitting up, sitting on his own bottom and leaning over his feet,  making a tripod of triumph.  He experiences every note of that ukulele as a direct and liquid strike upon his sensibilities for he trembles and inhales noisily and he wants the strings and the sounds, he wants the small and gleaming hip of that instrument in his mouth, on his tongue. He would swallow the notes. He would breathe in the wood and the shine of that lovely ukulele.

He is being sung a love song and he is in love with the love song. He clutches his Aunt’s moving hands, leans over the instrument, he places dribble directly across its stringed wrist.

It is hard to keep still amongst a love song, between a ukulele and a real singing voice.