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Translating Budabingbong

A language or sound that is foreign to the listener.

By Real PoeticPublished about a month ago 1 min read
Gavin & Kyle

Kyle, my unruly third grader, says as an autistic child makes atypical, repetitive sounds at the neighborhood park,

“Mama, what’s wrong with that kid? Why’s he speakin’ budabingbong?”

My puffy cheeks turn red as roses. I’m so embarrassed.

“Sweety, we don’t poke fun at anyone for any reason in this family.”

I really need to remind myself to watch what I say around my kid; he soaks up everything that he hears and repeats it.

I give my child the look, and he quickly apologizes to the little guy and tells him his name. The boy doesn’t acknowledge his presence, so Kyle sits down to join him in organizing the mulch in piles based on their width.

This activity brought big smiles upon the boys’ faces, and the other kid decides to introduce himself by drawing his name in the mulch. He spells Gaven as clear as Jamaican waters.

Certainly, it is the most wholesome moment I have ever witnessed as a parent.

Kyle begins to glow and reaches to shake hands with Gavin; he doesn’t shake it, but he briefly makes eye contact and places his index finger in the palm of my son’s hand, gently feeling the texture.

My child asks with excitement, “Gavin, wanna be friends?”

Gavin reaches behind where he hid his favorite pieces of mulch and pulls out one. He inspects it, and then he gives it to Kyle. Without uttering a word, they knew that was the beginning of a friendship.

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  • Tiffany Gordon about a month ago

    Aww... This melted my heart! Great work RP!

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Awww, this was soooo wholesome and wonderful! I loved it!

  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    This is such a heartwarming story. Well done.

  • Naomi Goldabout a month ago

    This is why I love children. This could easily be fact or fiction. Children model what they see, and when they make mistakes, their role models can gently explain to them how to do better—and they will! This is a beautiful story. I loved the mother. 🥰

  • Mother Combsabout a month ago

    Such a heart touching piece

  • Naveedabout a month ago

    This piece of writing is simply brilliant. I liked it a lot.

  • Stephen Kramer Avitabileabout a month ago

    Oh that was excellent! Loved that amazing story and message all in condensed form. And I love that word you created, budabingbong!

  • Novel Allenabout a month ago

    Kids are a testament to how adults should be towards each other. See the fun and not the anger. Quick to forgive and move right along. Such a cute story.

  • Celia in Underlandabout a month ago

    Brilliantly written and the perfect word! Loved this so much! 🤍

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