Ginny is just a little over three now and her vocabulary has gone supernova on us. She uses words like “technically” and “actually” and insists on the proper names being given to animals… “that’s not a chicken mama. He doesn’t lay eggs. That is actually a rooster” This was as we were setting out the fisher price nativity set (Which I strongly recommend for anyone with kids. Put away the fragile sets for a few years and use this one. Your child can play with each item and you will find yourself interacting with your kids as you play act the story over and over again. Not just on Christmas morning)
Given her increased vocabulary, playing word-association with Ginny is very fun and interesting. It gives me a window into what she thinks is important. That window opened wide as Ginny and I played word-association last night for almost 15 minutes.
The only rule for Ginny is “nope you can’t use that word, you said Georgia already” Otherwise she can say anything she wants. Even without anyone explaining the rules, Ginny is only going to throw out a word that DOES have some connection (however tenuous) to the previous word I had a personal rule for myself that my words had to relate in some real, logical way to Ginny’s previous word and it needed to be something that Ginny had a shot at least of relating to. So if she said “George” I couldn’t say “Burns” instead I said “curious”
Of course none of this was explained or spelled out as such. Some games you just don’t have to explain.
The fun thing is that I didn’t start it. Ginny did. She was pretend flying and doing a lot of dancing and bouncing around the living room last night. Suddenly she came to a halt, perched on an ottoman and said “Sandwich!” and then looked at me expectantly….
It was clear that she wasn’t asking for a sandwich, so I said “Peanut butter”
She responded with “Marmalade!”
And we went from there. Topics we covered ranged from sports to dance, from ice skating to relatives, from holidays to food, and from furniture to movies.
She made some really interesting leaps of logic. At one point I said “ice skating” and she said “Georgia” which is actually the name of a little girl at the rink. Georgia is about 7 years old and she is doing double jumps and lands her axle beautifully. Anyway, I’ve pointed her out to Ginny a couple of times and Ginny has said Hi, but I had no idea that she would make that direct association. Especially since it has been well over a month since Ginny has even been in the rink at all.
Don’t know why I’m posting this, except that it was a fun family moment with Ginny and I wanted to share. What fun things happen in your family with no planning that turn out to be precious memories? At the very least write them down. Consider sharing them. Don’t let yourself forget. This is treasure. This is gold. This is what will last.