Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Rhetorical questing

Z. has recently taken up the formula "Mama, are you ... [blank]?" Usually the rest of the sentence is "Mama, are you ... alldone eating?" in hopes that we will be able to move on to the next stage of the day, which Z. always hopes will be "readabook." But she's adapting it! This morning we had a little narrative as she sat on the bed and ate her pre-breakfast cheddar bunnies while I got dressed.

"Mama, are you ... putting on lotion?"

"No, Z., I'm scratching my elbow."

"Mama, are you ... scratching your elbow?"

"Yes, Z., I'm scratching my elbow." (Mama finishes scratching and throws pajamas on bed next to Z.)

"Mama, did you ... throw your pants?"

"Yes, Z., I threw my pants."

(Z. pats pants) "Those are Mama's pajamas!"

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