Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I know Tate gets frustrated. A lot. We talk too fast and he misses too much to keep up. And we need to stop. And go back. And repeat it. More slowly, and clearly.
My bloggy friend Denise, at Hearing Elmo, has written about the importance of repeating back what you thought you heard, so the speaker knows what you missed. Because our brains really want to make sense of what we've heard... even if it doesn't quite make sense.
Case in point...
Last night Tate and I were sorting through the tubs of Legos, looking for the pieces to build a particular kit. We've been working on this rebuilding project on and off for months, and the boys and I practically have our own language to describe the pieces we're looking for. Kerry joined us for a while and wanted to compliment Tate.
He said, "Maybe when you grow up, you could work for the Lego company, 'cause you're so familiar with all the pieces."
Tate looked puzzled. And amused. "Whaaaaaat, Dad?"
What he heard was, "Maybe when you grow up, you could work for the Lego company, and you sell the mayor all your pieces."
So familiar. Sell the mayor.
He's such a good sport. I love that he can laugh about it.