If you are a parent, grandparent, godparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, etc. you have probably had those moments when you have to fight to keep a straight face when the little cherub in front of you says something incorrectly and it is absolutely hysterical.
A few times a day he greets me with “Tip on the day, Olive.” No matter how hard he tries he cannot remember to say “Top of the Day, Olive” on the first try. Once he says it he usually knows it isn’t right and it takes two or three more tries to say it correctly. (he heard it on a tv show called Olive, the Ostritch)
But the real corkers are his misreadings. I remind you (and myself) he is on four and a half! must resist urge to overcorrect him.
- canyon is crayon (this one was actually at age 3)
- Farkle is farkely
- Google is goggle (gets the le right here, but not the oo)
- Gospel is goose-pell (there is the oo sound! almost choked trying not to laugh when he said this during Mass)
- spine-tingling is spine-tangling
- 1 + 1 = ? is “one plus one equals why writer.”
Explanation of part of the last one we were reading this book and I taught him plus and equals and the final equation is the one above. Cute, fun book by the way. A “why writer” is a reference to Super Why (yet another PBS Kids show).
And for his latest trick – he can read cursive! He read this card he recieved from his grandparents yesterday with no help, including my Mother-in-Laws writing.
His brain amazes me! He can’t shut his mouth for 5 minutes to allow himself to fall back to sleep in the middle of the night, but he can read just about anything!