An Apology

To the people of Orange County wearing brightly colored ensembles, I apologize if you were recently accosted by a gigantic 18-month-old screaming out the color of your outfit with the intensity of a roid-raging WWF wrestler.

I apologize that yelling “YELLLOOWWWWWW! PUH-PUHHH!” once or twice didn’t satisfy said red-faced toddler, thus prompting him to repeatedly scream, “GWEEEEEEEEEEN! WHHHHYYYYY-TUH! WHHHHHYYY-TUH!” until you were forced to run away, clutching your belongings.

I also apologize if you happened to be wearing an athletic jersey or any kind of fashion displaying letters and/or numbers.

My child, as you will see here, is intensely passionate about his new skills.

Letters from whoorl on Vimeo.

Some video points of interest:

1. This is a short snippet of our original 72-hour video of Wito recognizing letters. He never stops with the game, PLEASE HELP ME. In fact, the only thing that trumps this new game is going to the sandbox and pouring a bucket full of sand in his mouth.

2. I sound like Bill Clinton when I say “R” after Wito does.

3. Wito has waved his arms in excitement just like that since the day he was born.

4. When we say bye-bye, have you ever seen a child look so concerned? YOU MEAN NO MORE LETTER GUESSING? WHAT WILL I DO? I CAN’T POSSIBLY GO ON!

5. And yes, I always dress my child like a little elf with mango pants.

  • Natalie 42

    February 12, 2008 at 7:17 am


    Damn, thats one cute kid. I love how he looks at you two after you say your “bye-byes”…it looks like you just told him letters didn’t really exist.

  • Catlin

    February 12, 2008 at 7:39 am

    Hahaha! Those arms shaking in excitement thang he’s got going will be soo funny when he’s 21!

  • Muse

    February 12, 2008 at 8:46 am

    1. I’m pretty sure that is the cutest kid I’ve ever seen
    2. When you said he was wearing “mango” pants I was thinking MANGO! from SNL. Not that Wito’s mango colored pants aren’t darling..

  • janssen

    February 12, 2008 at 8:00 am

    Dude, that was awesome.

    Also, your voice sounds like someone I’d like to be friends with, in a totally non-creepy way.

  • Fernanda De Bonis

    February 12, 2008 at 8:18 am

    WOW!! Sooo cute!!
    How did he ever learn that so young?!?
    He’s one smart boy!

  • Michelle

    February 12, 2008 at 8:22 am

    He is soooooooo cute! Love when he says, “EXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX!” :o) You and your hubby sound so cute cheering him on!!! The look when you tell him it’s time to say “Bye-bye” is hysterical to!

  • Michelle

    February 12, 2008 at 8:26 am

    PS – My daughter was watching with me, and she keeps telling me, “He’s sooooo cute! Play him again!” :o)

  • slynnro

    February 12, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Cute- is Wito some kind of genius baby, or is 18 months a normal age to recognize letters? Seems super smart to me, but I don’t know nothin’ about babies.

  • kate

    February 12, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Not that I’m telling you anything you don’t know, but that boy is brilliant! Seriously, he is YOUNG to know his letters!

    And how much do I love the “wing flapping”? SO MUCH.

  • E

    February 12, 2008 at 9:17 am

    Heee! So cute!

    My son has done the same arm flapping since he was a baby, and he’s 8 now. So to that commenter who said it’ll be funny when he’s 21, well…it just might still be going on ;)

    And I totally thought Mango (from SNL) pants too, and was wondering if he was in little hotpants. Disappointed about the hotpants, but kinda relieved too!

  • LVGurl

    February 12, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Ahhh, it’s good to know there is another happy hand-and-arm flapper out there in the world. My girls and I thought we were alone in that talent. In fact, Paige is wildly waving her arms and yelling BREKFISS! at me.

  • eargrl

    February 12, 2008 at 9:47 am

    the flapping is adorable. My step-daughter did the SAME thing (and she was brilliant too!, coincidence?) she is 12 now and does not flap anymore…kind of miss it…

  • gorillabuns

    February 12, 2008 at 11:33 am

    That’s it! I’m shipping my kids to your house. Maybe, they’ll learn something.

  • Beth

    February 12, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Not only do you have the cutest kid in the history of cute kid-dom, you have the best commenters, too! The whole Mango/hotpant thing is cracking me up!

    And LVGurl, I love that Paige says “BREKFISS.” When I was little, I called it brefkiss.

  • Leticia

    February 12, 2008 at 11:46 am

    SO SWEET! I love that horrified expression. How DARE you say bye so soon?!?!

  • Miss Britt

    February 12, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    At least he didn’t call them fat. :-)

  • Laura

    February 12, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    WOW, I’m totally impressed. Don’t believe I’ve ever seen a child that young who knows his letters!

  • Lissa

    February 12, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Your son is so adorable!

  • amy

    February 12, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    oh my gosh. even more adorable/hilarious/and entertaining in person! i love that little wito!

  • Angella

    February 12, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    WIto is a genius. And adorable. If you teach him the guitar, he will be able to date any woman on the planet!

  • Tina

    February 12, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    My prediction? Wito will be reading before he is 2. We shall see, we shall see.

  • Sharri

    February 12, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    He’s brilliant, I say! The hand waving is just precious. And by golly you DID sound EXACTLY like Bill Clinton when you said “R” –

  • Maggie

    February 12, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Wito is one smart cookie! I’m glad to see that he is getting good use of the etch-a-sketch type thingy. They can make a plane ride bearable. (much less paper waste too non?)

  • Nothing But Bonfires

    February 12, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    D sounds really hot.

  • Photographer Lori

    February 12, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    OMG! He is too cute!

    :) LORI

  • metalia

    February 12, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    His look of TOTAL DISMAY when you end the letter game is priceless.

  • Loralee

    February 12, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    HEE! That is fabulous. I love the expression at the end.

    And? Nothing wrong with elf attire.

  • Filtering Life

    February 13, 2008 at 5:59 am

    Well don’t I feel like a dumbass for not teaching my kid jack crap about letters or colors yet. She won’t even hardly talk. I am mucho impressed. not only is he amazing at it, EDUCATION should be his middle name. The bye bye face is hilarious. Chloe gets that way when I take food away from her, not letters.

  • Amanda

    February 13, 2008 at 8:10 am

    Wow, Smarty Jones. Knows his colors AND letters?? Well done! Looks *and* brains….

    For serious, you must be so proud of that little dude! I could watch that video for hours. His sweet face at the end… he’s all HOLD UP WHAT ARE YOU TALKING BYEBYE WOMAN???

  • Daisy

    February 13, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    He sounds like a natural learner! And I’ll admit, that’s both a blessing and a curse. Sounds like he’s loving exploring his world, colors, letters, numbers, and all.

  • Lisa

    February 13, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Haha! My best friend’s daughter flaps her hands exactly like that too! We call it the “baby birdie” She is 4 and still sometimes does it. So adorable. :)

  • bethany Coffey

    February 14, 2008 at 8:17 am

    Oh, holy ovaries, girl, that was hilarious! He is S.T.O.K.E.D!

  • bethany Coffey

    February 14, 2008 at 8:17 am

    The flapping, the flapping was great!

  • Emily

    February 14, 2008 at 10:28 am

    Can you send him over here to teach Asher to USE HIS WORDS?

    Seriously. You and Wito in our house for a week would do wonders, for me AND him. Well, wait. We’ll get you a hotel room, because we don’t have any extra beds.

  • Rachelskirts

    February 14, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    “2. I sound like Bill Clinton when I say “R” after Wito does.” OMG, you totally do. That’s awesome. Awesomely creepy? Not sure.

    Also, the arm flapping is the most adorable thing ever.

  • Chandra

    February 18, 2008 at 8:52 am

    What?? His letters. Are you serious? I thought my two year old was smart but we are just starting to learn letters. What is your secret? Please share….

    He is adorable and I too love the good bye to the video ‘what, we aren’t going to play anymore?’

  • rimarama

    February 20, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    OMG, I feel your pain. I’m tempted to hide inside the oven every time I hear the “step, thump, drag” approach of my Doode-Pro bearing toddler (he drags it around the house by the pen part.)

  • Kian

    February 20, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    I have nothing to say other than that my 2 1/2 year old has the same Hanna pajamas :)