Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Mermaid in the Tub

Tonight while Maggie was taking her bath I glanced over and said: "So Mae, which are you, Dora or a mermaid?"

Part of the study that we're working on involves encouraging her use of language and gestures through various methods and one involves giving choices.

Still, tonight I said the words at the end of a long day, not entirely paying attention, not entirely expecting an answer since I wasn't actually holding anything in my hand that she wanted.  But when her face lit up I realized she was going to respond.

"Mermaid!" She said, swishing through the water, her legs stretched out behind her, feet together like a fin.  "Mermaid, mermaid, mermaid!"  She practically sang the words.

"What's the mermaid doing?  Are you swimming?"  I said.

"Swimming!  Mermaid!  Swimming...  Away.  Go.  Go.  Go.  Go.  Aaaaaaaaaaawaaaaaaaaaay!  Mermaid!  Swimming!"  She said the words as she played, giggling and swishing her feet through the water cheerfully.

After many more rounds of saying "mermaid," "swimming," "away," and "go" she started playing with sentences.  "Mae go away...  Go Mae away.  Away Mae.  Go. Go. Go.  Mermaid.  Mermaid.  Mae away."

"Okay, a few more minutes until we have to get out of the bath and go to bed."

"Go, go, go, go, go."

"It's time."

"Go, go, go."

"The little Mae mermaid needs to get out of the bath and get ready for bed."

"Away!  Go, go, go, go, go."

Finally she was out, dried off, and tucked into bed where she quickly closed her eyes and I'm settling down and thinking about sewing, still amazed that a mere six months ago I was lucky if I heard three or four words in a month and now... well... she continues to amaze me every single day.

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