Her Voice


Recently I also delighted in the sound of Chloe’s voice. Chloe is 10-years-old and is mostly nonverbal. When she vocalizes something, we notice. And we smile. And we’re proud. And we think it’s precious.

We were at a group Bible study recently at a friend’s house. Chloe was back in the little girls’ room playing toys. And several times she mimicked a talking toy. I heard her clap a couple of different times. She talked off and on, unaware that anyone was listening.

But I was listening. I heard it. And it made my heart glad. It was difficult to follow the adult conversation because I was so taken by the sound of Chloe’s voice in the next room.

I love that precious little girl. And anytime she is talking, it makes me stop and listen. And my heart is so filled with singing and smiling.

Keep it up, little one!


6 responses to this post.

  1. What a beautiful post and how lucky are you to have such an amazing girl in your life! Have you read this poem by Malaguzzi?

    The child is made of one hundred.
    The child has
    a hundred languages
    a hundred hands
    a hundred thoughts
    a hundred ways of thinking
    of playing, of speaking.

    A hundred.

    Always a hundred
    ways of listening
    of marveling, of loving
    a hundred joys
    for singing and understanding
    a hundred worlds
    to discover
    a hundred worlds
    to invent
    a hundred worlds
    to dream.

    The child has
    a hundred languages
    (and a hundred hundred hundred more)
    but they steal ninety-nine.
    The school and the culture
    separate the head from the body.
    They tell the child:
    to think without hands
    to do without head
    to listen and not to speak
    to understand without joy
    to love and to marvel
    only at Easter and at Christmas.

    They tell the child:
    to discover the world already there
    and of the hundred
    they steal ninety-nine.

    They tell the child:
    that work and play
    reality and fantasy
    science and imagination
    sky and earth
    reason and dream
    are things
    that do not belong together.

    And thus they tell the child
    that the hundred is not there.
    The child says:
    No way. The hundred is there.

    -Loris Malaguzzi
    Founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach


  2. We should take every chance to fully appreciate even the smallest of miracles.
    Peach State


  3. Posted by Melissa Coco on April 3, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    That is awesome;) Yeah Chloe- keep it up little chatter box! 🙂 woohoo. Love it.


  4. How beautiful! What a wonderful job, precious girl! 🙂


  5. Posted by Mimi on April 3, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Precious little girl and precious poem!


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