Monday, June 07, 2004

My Child is Starting to Scare Me

If you are not a parent, this posting may be boring. Don't say I didn't warn you.

I know that Sprout is a smartiepants, but I didn't know until yesterday what he soaks up just wandering through the world. A week ago we were wagoning through the back alley (back allies are the Bobo's new favourite pasttime), and we stopped to stare at a basketball hoop. I said "Sprout, that's a net, just like you have a net to catch [plastic] fish with in the bathtub. It's a 'net'."

A week later, as we drive down a different street in the car with Bobo in the back, I see a basketball net, and turn around to see what he does. Yup. He looks at it for a minute and mutters 'net'. How does a 15-month old boy remember all these things??

Yesterday afternoon it got wilder: we were driving in the car again, and stopped at a stoplight right next to the library where we both work. And from the back of the car floated up the word 'library'. We take him there a lot, it's true, but how does he know what the building looks like from the car??

Note to self: watch pottymouth very carefully, and don't let him see the PIN number on your debit card...


Blogger argotnaut said...

Aha! He is fast-mapping. This is the stage in which he only needs to hear a word once or twice to add it to his repertoire.

9:24 pm  

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