Sarah’s language acquisition has taken a slightly different trajectory than her sister’s did. (What was that about being a third child?) When Lizzie was Sarah’s age, we made her language development into a party trick. “Say, ‘epistemology'”. What can I say? We are geeks.
With Sarah, it is not hard to see who has the most influence on her language and it isn’t her over-educated parents.
- Whenever she sees something related to Star Wars, she yells “Obi!” (as in Obi Wan Kenobi).
- What child can resist talking about poopy diapers, especially when it makes big brother laugh hysterically?
- She has been known to refer to a person as “guy” or “dude”.
And then there is Lizzie. She’s moved far beyond parroting our 10 cent words. How do you respond to questions like these?
- “Isn’t sex a bad word?”
- “What is the difference between Methodists and other churches?”
- “Everyone can go to heaven, unless they killed someone, right?”
- “What about if someone commits suicide?”
Most of these left me sputtering and incomprehensible. (You might have thought someone asked me what newspapers I read on a regular basis.)
Anyone have a copy of the parenting handbook? I think I could use some backup here!