It is very dark. I am lying on my back in my crib. I have said all the words I know but one. I cannot remember one word. I say them all again, but the same word still will not come to me. I try again. Mommy, who always tells me the word I cannot remember, is in the next room. I know that, because it is dark and she is always there when it is dark. But she is not telling me the word.
I say all the words again, still missing the one.
Mommy speaks. “Hush!” she says. “Be quiet. Go back to sleep!”
She does not tell me the missing word.
I am upset and frustrated.
Why doesn’t she tell me the word like she always does? What is wrong? How will I know what it is? Is it lost forever? What if I lose more words before she tells me?
I cannot go back to sleep. I think, “If I were big, I would help, even in the dark.”
I was ten months old. My mother recorded the event in my Baby Book, which I still have.