Thursday, October 18th, 2012
Makeshift sentences are a new discovery.
Gone are the days of simple exclamations like “Mine!” and “More! More!”
My son is now finding a way to utilize his favorite dozen or so words in basically any and every situation.
Ultimately, according to Jack, things are either sleepy, sad, biting, or crashing.
Yesterday morning it was “Ahh! Train bite!”
I turned around to see him in his car seat, sticking his finger in Percy the Train’s face.
(Thanks to Jack’s on-again/off-again biting bouts with his friend Sophie, he knows the word “bite” pretty well.)
And if he can’t evoke fake sympathy from me in an attempt to pretend a human being bit him, he figures a Thomas & Friends metal die-cast train is just as capable of biting him instead.
“Oh no! Crash!”
That’s what I hear on a daily basis from the back seat when we’re driving home from daycare. I’ll look up in the distance and see a car for sale, parked in someone’s yard.
Apparently, if a car is not on the road, it has crashed, and it worries Jack.
Of course, since he’s obsessed with his toy vehicles, I’m pretty sure he’s more concerned with the well-being of the cars themselves, not the actual people inside of them.
This morning when Jack was helping me check my Facebook, he saw a picture of the daughter of a college friend named Sara Hilton.
The picture was of little Alaina playing in the leaves and it had earned dozens of “likes.”
Jack’s response: “Oh no! Crash!”
My assumption is that because A) he couldn’t really see her legs and B) there were leaves in the air, not on the ground, he thought that Alaina had “crashed” in the leaves.
Obviously, it’s quite a stretch to say that someone crashes when they’re actually playing in the leaves, but for the sake of my son learning how to use the English language, I’ll accept his perception of the event.
This would explain why when Jack’s toys are constantly either sleepy, sad, biting each other, or crashing.
But I know that eventually, more verbs and emotions will come into play. As for now, he has to work with what he’s got.