My son is 11 months old and recently started talking. He can say about 20 words and regularly points to objects and says their name. Sometimes he’ll say a word like “cat” and at first we think he’s inventing but on closer inspection he’s always right.

The other day I was home alone with him and he suddenly stops playing, points into the empty space behind me and says very clearly “man”.


Everyone knew Cassie. She was a friendly child, sure, but I think the neighborhood knew her because she knew us.She was the reason our block felt like a family.

“Girl’s got second sight,” Alletta Johnson would proclaim from her window perch.

I’ve never believed in such things, but I’ll admit…