|Self portraits in the bathroom mirror|
For so long we felt it wasn't worth it to confuse Samantha with the actual proper names for places. I mean, doesn't it make more sense to describe a destination or location by its function rather than it's name? Not like I'd go and call a person person instead of Mr. So-and-so, just because they're, well, a person, but I think you get what I mean.
Starbucks or Caribou or wherever was always the coffee shop. Worked for the purpose of conversation. McDonald's was just a generic restaurant. Giant was the grocery store. Easy, right? But once Samantha started to learn to read, and could physically see for herself the differentiation of title vs. function, we began to finally introduce the real names. I remember driving with her a year or so ago, past a CVS drugstore, when Samantha called from the back seat, "Look, Mommy, it's Caves!" Trust me, it took me a while to actually figure out what the hell she was talking about. Caves? Oh, holy cow, CVS!!! And from there, the rest fell into place.
Target is Target, Giant is Giant, etc. I'm not sure if I was selling her short by assuming it would confuse her to call them by their real names, or if she really just wasn't at a stage of making those connections, but I must say, it was more convenient to do that. But with the ability to read, her world has opened up even bigger than it had been, and everything began to take on new, more detailed identities. I'm able to tell her where we're going, and she can make a mental picture of it, know exactly what to expect.
Is it just me? Have any of you also done this? It sounds so weird to now be putting it down in writing, to actually acknowledge it, and now I'm beginning to feel a bit foolish. C'mon, you've gotta be in this with me, right?
|Awww, what's wrong, Mommy?|
|Hmmm...botox not necessary. I'm beautiful! (btw, no, we did not cut her hair - she's just been twisting the front until it breaks off, so it's a bit ragged and just below her ears now. The back is still long, and not visible in this pic.)|