Lydia has developed an odd habit. This is typical for Lydia. Her two favorite things in life are habits and oddness, so it is logical that she would eventually combine the two and see what would happen. But what would not be expected is that on her first try, her tiny pretri dish brain would bubble out such a detailed recreation of modern popular culture. Without a television to guide her, or a band of trendy teenagers to give her feedback, she has become a tiny replica of youth terminology. I’ll try my best to describe what I mean.

When faced with something that makes her very excited, such as one of her favorite songs, a video she is particularly fond of, or a comical situation where one of her friends curls up in a ball and rolls away, her little face will light up and she will communicate her excitement by telling everyone around her the following phrase: “That’s what I’m talking about!”

Did you catch it? “That’s what I’m talking about!” An exclamation of approval that took English speaking Americans hundreds of years to come up with, and Lydia developed it on her own, in just less than three years. I believe it began with her rambling slurred attempts to request songs for me to play on the stereo, where after trying several different songs she would finally find the one she wanted and blurt out this phrase to signal approval. In that context it made sense. But now she uses it for everything. Recent examples include:

– Biting into a tasty sandwich: “Ah, That’s what I’m talking about!”
– Seeing a picture of a girl holding several colorful balloons: “Look! That’s what I’m talking about!”
– Turning into the church building parking lot: “Church! That’s what I’m talking about!”
– Offering to read her a book about a panda bear: “That’s what I’m talking about!”
– Telling her that she doesn’t have to take a bath tonight: “That’s what I’m talking about!”

I hope she continues to experiment. I would love to see what other hip phrases from other time periods she comes up with on accident. Maybe next week she could be saying, “True dat!” or “Snazzy pops”. Maybe, “Gnarly Dude”, “Yeah Dad, that’s boss”, or “Sho’nuf”. Or maybe the world will just start following her around.