I saw a black squirrel on my way to work today. I stopped in an utter amazement for a second. I have never seen a black squirrel before!
One must fully appreciate the multi ethnic environment that one lives in. I mean, in the place where I grew I thought all squirrels come in reddish brown color, and all friends come in white. Boy was in for a surprise when I arrived to this great country. I remember the shock I was in when I discovered that squirrels can also be gray.
My son does not have that problem. He started attending a childcare when he was still in his echolalia stage, he was the only white kid in all black group. I remember him crying once because he did not want to be white anymore. So funny.
Later, when he went to elementary school, he was the only white kid in all Asian or Pacific Islander school. In Spain he was the only English speaking kid in all Spanish speaking school. He had his birthday party the other day, his invited friends were a Mongolian, an Ethiopian, a Mexican, and even a white guy too!
Word of the Day
echolalia \ek-oh-LEY-lee-uh, noun:
1. The imitation by a baby of the vocal sounds produced by others, occurring as a natural phase of childhood development.
2. Psychiatry. The uncontrollable and immediate repetition of words spoken by another person.
At the time when speech is being learned, there begins a period of echolalia in which the child repeats with tireless continuation all the words or sentences it hears; either completely, or else their closing cadences.
— Kurt Koffka, The Growth of the Mind: An Introduction to Child Psychology
These “terrestrial echoes” where the ”swamp’s echolalia,” according to Kiwi, who liked to make geography as pretentious as possible.
— Karen Russell, Swamplandia!
I had cultivated a mild sort of insanity, echolalia, I think it’s called. All the tag ends of the night’s proofreading danced on the tip of my tongue.
— Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer
Echolalia originates from two Greek roots: echo derived from the name of the mythic nymph Echo fabled to have pined herself away to nothing but her name, combined with lalia meaning “talk or prattle.”