Silly Voices

Can I start by saying that I spend a lot of my day in my brain thinking about racism and threats to our non-gender conforming community? I haven’t written about it a lot here because I’m having this issue with spiral thought patterns when it comes to things like, “Should I post that?” in regard to anything even remotely controversial and I’m having trouble getting stuck from that so you’ll have to continue to put up with some of my mundane thoughts on dogs and kids in the meantime.

Many many moons ago I had a couple of friends/roommates who spoke to each other in baby voices. It didn’t bother me that much but it bothered everybody else.

I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately because Wesley and I – to be funny – speak for the dog and to each other as the dog in baby voices. Like…I’m the dog and I say this to Wes, “Wessie…are you not gonna give Zoomie some of your beakfast? Zoomie likes sausages so much!” And we crack each other up when we do it. Mainly because Zoomie is not a cute and cuddly type of dog, if he had a voice it would sound like that of a disgruntled football coach. The voice cracks me up and so sometimes Wes will use it for other things just to get me laughing.

“Zoomie is a lap dog.”

And then Nikki started – for comedic purposes – speaking periodically with a really bad British accent. Her timing of when she switches to it is hilarious and it always cracks me up. Like…there’s a few phrases she’ll do just out of the blue because she knows I’ll laugh.

And that’s the important part of both situations. I’m easy to make laugh…especially if there are silly voices involved. So my kids use those different voices for funny or endearing moments TO THEIR ADVANTAGE and it’s one of the few joy guarantees during this quarantine.

So what does that have to do with my old friends/roommates? Well…it turns out overuse of silly voices DRIVES DONNIE BANANAS. He knows how much joy it brings us and so he doesn’t say much but periodically he’ll mumble under his breath, “Oh my god I can’t wait until this phase is over.” Meanwhile I’m like rolling on the floor because Wes broke out the baby-dog voices at a hilarious moment.

I feel bad because I can see him quietly twitching and it making him crazy like it did those friends back many moons ago, but it simply CRACKS MY ASS UP EVERY TIME.

So, where do you fall on the silly voice spectrum? Does anyone you know use it is a humorous device? Does it make you crazy or does it crack you up?

3 thoughts on “Silly Voices”

  1. So glad you guys are having fun, this post made me smile. We don’t put on silly voices in our house but I do go through seasons of calling my beloved silly pet names. Some which raise his eyebrow with their ridiculnousness. As he’s on zoom calls a lot of the day I have to really watch out incase i slip up and embarrass him.

  2. We do speak for the cat sometimes, but usually not in silly voices, but we say silly things and all have fun with that. The thing that this made me thing of was the mushroom/squirrel thing (because of a Land trust bingo that was posted with a picture of a squirrel that was labeled mushroom). Sydney and I are still doing it and getting laughs out of it, but it drives Wesley crazy! He gets really annoyed when we do it on hikes, but we are having fun. Mostly the 3 of us don’t hike at the same time, so it is okay. I tried encouraging him to understand that we are enjoying it and to focus on that. I’m not sure that it worked.

  3. We both speak for the dogs. I am wondering if what bothers Donnie is the pitch of the voices and how it affects his ears. Back when there were several tweens that hung at my house they would frequently transform into Maw, Paw, and the little one. They were farmers that lived in the sticks. The voices and dialect were hilarious and came with a complete melodrama acted out in the house and the backyard. It was hilarious. One would say something and the other would seamlessly reply. So improv theater. It was Hilarious. Now baby talk to a child that i over a few months old will drive me nuts. Kids learn by mimicking our words and usage. So leaving out words and mispronunciation does not help kids learn

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