Ares started saying this about a week and a half ago, we think that perhaps he picked it up from me, though I have never that I can think of said it in greeting or conversation, I may have read it out loud from flickrs home page when he was on my lap to see what I was doing
Where ever he got it he says it in greeting, with the soft voice and the hands togther ending in a little bow. Of course if he keeps this up in school he'll be beaten up, but I think it is lovely. A wonderful way to remind oneself that all people are worth respect, and let the other person know you value them.
of course this is contrived, I sat him on the sofa where the light was best and asked him to do it, he doesn't love performing like that, but it's so sweet to come home from work, or just into another room where he's been playing and have him put his hands together and give me a little bow while saying "Namasté mommy"
I answered back the first time and prounced it incorrectly, he said "not like that mommy, Namasté" and I stopped rhyming it with Manistee after that.
He is only two, he got excited by being on stage and got a bit loud with it at the end there no offence is intended. I just wanted to share.