Before you have kids, you probably fantasize about some of the fun stuff you’re going to do with them. Play catch, listen to favorite music, watch classic movies.
Before I became a dad, I would often daydream about the different conversations I was going to have with my children, from the serious stuff like the birds and the bees, and why Die Hard is the best action movie of all time, to the goofy, silly stuff, like answering their nonsense questions about what the moon is made of.
But the truth is, after their born, it takes a while to get to that place. It takes a while before they can talk at all, let alone hold a conversation or have a worthwhile opinion about the best Beatles album.
That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun chatting with them! Just ask this one dad who is going viral for holding what seems like a very legitimate conversation with his toddler. They’re looking at each other, trading quips back and forth, having a good time. The toddler is making gibberish noises, but doing it with the cadence and mannerisms of someone actually discussing something, in this case, their expectations for a television show.
Now, the baby in that video is obviously adorable. And he’s clearly picked up on the way adults converse, mimicking the rhythms and gestures we use when we hold a conversation. But the real MVP of this video is the dad, who consistently engages with and perpetuates the “discussion,” responding to his baby as if he’s making legitimate points, and encouraging the little guy to keep pontificating.
I especially like the moment when the kid makes a noise and Dad goes, “Really? I thought the same thing!” and then they share a laugh.
The video has gone mega-viral, garnering over 34 million views, over a million shares, and almost a million likes on Facebook alone. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Dad and son on Ellen soon, holding their own chatting with the daytime talk show host.
But what I really want to know is: what are they watching?