Mostly she talks a lot. And “reads” books. And when she’s not talking or reading she likes to do puzzles.
But like I said, mostly she talks. And recently she’s been asking questions: “What does ______ mean?” Usually she’s asking about words she’s heard in books. Sometimes the words are really simple but it’s hard to put them in a context she’ll understand. Fortunately she is usually satisfied with any definition I give her, no matter how short (or inaccurate). But it’s definitely keeping my brain sharp. Among the doozies she’s brought up already:
What does “punished” mean?
What does “there” mean?
What does “gee” mean?
What does “wager” mean?
What does “lawyer” mean?
Other Adeline anecdotes:
One night at dinner, Jake had asked her repeatedly not to tap her spoon on the table. When she started tapping it again, I gave her a “look.” She smiled sweetly and said, “I know I love you, but you can’t hit your spoon on the table.” [She still gets “you” and “I” mixed up, and in this case she meant to say, “You know I love you,” which of course is something we’ve said to her before when she’s in trouble.]
Yesterday we were out playing in the mud and the muck and she tried to walk across a big patch of ice but it was too slippery. She said, “Do you want some roller skates so you don’t have to step on the ice?” [Again, “you” actually means “I.”] She made me come inside and search the closets for some roller skates (which we don’t have).
And finally, one night we were getting ready to go to storytime and I mentioned that we’d be hearing stories about goats. Adeline said, “And sheep. And he’ll bring the decorations. And we will decorate the tree, and we will celebrate the antlers.” ??!!!!????