Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to announce that we have a genuine contender for the title of “Eoin’s First Word”, leaving aside, of course, all the Quenya, Euskara and random vocalisations he has already been coming out with.
Yesterday, we were having tea together, and watching the birds in the garden. There was a huge gull swooping around, and I pointed it out to Eoin, saying something terribly mundane like, “Oh, look at the big seagull”. I was still watching it when, moments later, a small voice behind me earnestly corroborated, “Ee-gull!”
Of course, he has steadfastly refused to say it again (apparently I was just the same with my first word), but the dam has now been breached, and logorrhoea cannot be far away. I’m a little surprised by my reaction, though. My first thought genuinely was, “What does he mean, ‘eagle’? I mean, it’s big, but any fool can see that’s a sea-bird…”. Perhaps I expect too much?