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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Making Connections

A few months ago, while visiting my parents, I called for my mom to come help me with something.  After she answered and everything was squared away, I noticed Sophia just standing there looking at me, her wheels clearly turning.

"Mamah's you mom?"  she asked.

"Yes!  That's right.  Mamah is my mom."

"Oh."  (pause) "And Grandpa's you dad?"

I was so impressed with her ability to put that all together like that.  Minutes later, she started asking about Joel's parents and quickly figured out that her other set of grandparents, Mimi and Papa, must be Daddy's mom and dad.

I love watching her make these connections that seem so obvious to us, but clearly must be learned at some point in life.  I've mentioned before that this child asks the question "why?" about 800 times per day, and some of the many Q&A sessions we've had together have resulted in new knowledge which she loves to repeat often.

For instance, whenever she asks where Joel is, and I tell her he's at work, she can now answer her own set of whys.

"Oh!  Daddy's at work so he make money so we can buy food and we can eat it!" 

The other day, her most recent lightbulb moment had me giggling a bit.

"Mommy's the Mom and Daddy's the Dad!" she said, proud of her ability to figure that one out.

"Yes!  And Sophia's the baby,"  I replied.

"No!  Sophia's not the baby!  Sophia's the Soph!  And Chloe's the Chlo, and Bria's the Bri."


And you know?  I think she's right about that one.

19 comments :

  1. Makes perfect sense. And you're the La.

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  2. I love watching kids figure things out. They are really so fun!

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  3. I agree with Annette. Makes perfect sense!

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  4. Love the work connection. My dad used to say "I'm going to work so I can buy you pretty dresses." Now he's retired and I'm working, so I go to work so I can buy him new ties:)

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  5. Come on, you had to know that calling her a baby would only bring scorn.

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  6. What a smarty pants! That is really young to make all those connections. I like how she does NOT consider herself the baby!

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  7. HAHAHHA!!! BRILLIANT!! That really is quite smart--her ability to figure out that if Dad is derivative of Daddy, Clo must be derivative of Chloe. :) So, so smart. So cute. So funny.

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  8. I love the stuff kids say. R has said so many funny things and I can't remember them all. I need to walk around with a tape recorder because I get distracted and forget to write them down. Sophie is a smartie. Too Cute!

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  9. OH my goodness, I just think I wet my pants with laughter! She is A HOOT!

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  10. Way to go, Sophia. Mine are still trying to figure out how their aunts and uncles can be my siblings. "That's just WEIRD, mom!"

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  11. What a smart girl and what a cutie she is! Lucky Mom!

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  12. That is so cute. She really gets who EVERYONE is.

    I'm wondering, why would you confuse her by saying "Sophia's the baby"? HELLO! If mommy's the mom and daddy's the dad she is OBVIOUSLY the Soph.

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  13. How fun for you to be able to watch her make those connections. I love watching kids learn. It is so great, and they are hilarious!

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  14. Once they start understanding relationships like that they are really on another level. So cute!

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  15. She is such a cutie! I love how she made those connections.

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