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Lynda Loveland: Queen motormouth of random thoughtville

Posted March 28, 2012

Lynda Loveland

You probably have one at home. The child who can talk endlessly about anything and everything.

I have one. Her name is Campbell and she's eight years old. She can keep a one-sided conversation going longer than it takes to circle the earth, walking, four times, heel to toe.

The other night, on her night to sleep with me, I decided to keep track of what she talked about. All three kids are very different in what they like to do on "our" night. Carys, five, likes to snuggle face to face for a while, then go to sleep. Caiden, six, wants me to scratch his back. Campbell just wants to talk.

So there we are, in my king size bed with Cam lying skin to skin next to me. We only occupied about a quarter of the bed. Can you say "comfy?" The light goes off and off she goes.

She warms up her vocal chords by talking about the bronze otter that teachers at her school get awarded. Several of her teachers have gotten it. It's really an honor. It must weigh about eight pounds. (By the way, I'll just give you the Cliff Notes version of her monologue. I usually throw in an uh-huh or two, but that's it.)

She segues into, "Wouldn't it be cool if I dug up a 263 pound gold nugget in the back yard?"

"What if we had dinosaur bones in the back yard? I could dig them up and put them together?"

"What if I found a brand new, undiscovered dinosaur in our back yard? If I had books of similar dinosaurs, I could put it together and they could name it after us!"

"Mom, do you remember when I found a little kitten next door? It was under the rose bush and its eyes were closed."

"Can you believe guinea pigs can have five or six babies?"

"Mom, can you believe I didn't get wet during the Shamu show at Sea World?"

"Mom, you know that book I have about weird things? It talks about why feet stink. It's the bacteria you know. And why yawning seems contagious."

At that point she'd covered eight topics in the span of less than five minutes! I honestly don't think she took a breath the whole time! I just gave you the bullet points and left out the elaborations!!

It's like she has this big, spinning wheel in her head and she talks about whatever topic it lands on! I finally told her it was time to shut off her brain and go to sleep. I was exhausted!!!

Do you have a talker?

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill and Lynda in the Morning. Click here to follow her on Facebook. Find her here on Thursdays.


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  • ekconnelly Mar 30, 2012

    My talker is my oldest son, who is also eight like Campbell. Good gracious - he can talk about hockey, especially the Canes, till the cows come home. I've noticed his loquacious manner is now extending to regaling the rest of the family with stories about recess, what happened during whatever game they played in P.E., etc. After watching a Canes game he is really pumped and will start in sometimes about soomething very important that he's never said before. So I zip it and listen, and pray that he'll always talk to Mommy about everything.

  • lindakcreech Mar 29, 2012

    I am known as mouth of the south.

  • lec02572 Mar 29, 2012

    Lynda, I am a father of three (two boys and a daughter). My daughter now 24 was/is the same way and I loved every minute of it. She is getting married in July and we will not longer have a child home. I know at 24 she is not a child, but she/they will always be my children. I would give anything to go back in time and relive every moment of their childhood again. We are opening new chapters in our lives now, but those days/nights like you described were my favoriate times of all. Just myself and my kids talking about everything and nothing. Enjoy those years for they will never return once they are gone.

  • Bklyn2Raleigh Mar 29, 2012

    I love the fact that you spend special one on one time with you children at night. My sone is 8 and I just love the snuggle time we get together at night. I find he is more apt to share what he has on his mind during that time...I think mostly because he is procrastinating going to sleep...but whatever works! He, much like Campbell, will just talk my ear off about anything and everything. Since he first started talking. Many nights I find myself mumbling " close your eyes and go to sleep" as I drool into the pillow. My favorite gab session had to be the one night he decided to educate me on how babies are made!! LOL. Apparently, someone had brought a book to school...gotta love it. Although it caight me off guard, I thought it was great that he came to me to check his facts (which were not all that off). Enjoy the time now, from what I hear, kids are not as forthcoming with information as they get into thier teens.

  • miswiggie Mar 29, 2012

    That would be my almost 13-year old. She's been a precocious chatterbox since she was able to utter her first word (which was "more" (pronounced back then as "moooaaaahh??!!"). She'll talk to anyone (and anything) about anything and everything. The upside: she's animated, knowledgeable, tells funny stories, and is an extrovert. Finding friends or being in a new place is no challenge for her.

    The downside: her animated storytelling can become woefully dramatic as she recounts a bad day or friend-fight as only an almost 13-year old can. Every papercut is a near-death experience, and every low mark on a paper is a sure sign her teacher does not like her.

    She's become less chatterbox as she's gotten older (she actually takes a breath between topics and listens politely to whoever she's talking to) but we all know when my daughter is in the room, she's going to have a lot to talk about. :)

  • pirategirl12 Mar 29, 2012

    My gracious! I promise she will not come out harmed for being referred to as a is evident the positive relationship you have with your kids. Also, who made the "rule" about having the kids in your bed? If that's what you want to do to have "mommy and me" time, then by all means, go for it. My mom chose to do that with me and we were BFFs until the day she died.

  • Glass Half Full Mar 29, 2012

    That's a wonderful special time you spend with each of your kids. Cherish it. They grow up too fast.

  • moppie Mar 29, 2012

    My son is the talker. I've been telling him since he was three years old that my ears are tired :) He's now 11, and while we still talk about everything, I'm sure the time is coming for him to be more quiet. I always try to end our serious conversations by telling him he knows he can talk to me about anything. Now I'm getting the eyeroll and the exasperated "yes mama"...

  • tcrawford Mar 29, 2012

    Boy do I have a talker, my daughter Reagan who is also 8 can talk about the most random things. It's like whatever pops into her little head out it comes for all of us to here. She has on more than one occasion literally talked herself to sleep. She can have the most interesting converstaion is seems with herself, too funny.

  • mrs.csm Mar 29, 2012

    OH my STARS! You just perfectly described my 9 year old daughter! Sometimes my eyes are rolling back in my head!! LOL!