Right there. These two simple words make up the most common phrase my 16-month-old son says. After I got over how not useful these two words seemed at first to be—and once Nathan developed a greater ability to communicate and I developed a keener ability to listen and understand—they become part of my little family’s vernacular.
Right there now means so many things:
- Right there: I want that. Okay, here you go.
- Right there: Look at that. Oh, I see it! It’s a birdie.
- Right there: What is the word for that? That’s an onion.
- Right there: I’m so glad I have this [insert object, especially a food-related one] right now. *Smile.*
- Right theeeere: I’m happy. Me, too.
- Riiiiiight there: I’m having fun being silly and entertaining myself. I’m having fun, too.
I really love being a mom. J