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10/04/05 15:30:00 - Aren Spelling
Now, it’s funny enough that he knew the word “multitasking”. But you see, in addition to producing all kinds of language uncharacteristic for a slightly-less-than-six-year-old, Aren has a knack for just picking up how words are spelled. He actually pronounced the word (which as far as I can know, he's only heard once) “mool-tee-tasking,” as though he intuitively knew that it was spelled with a “u”, which is usually pronounced “oo”.
Just in case you think that my multitasking 5 ½ year old got lucky, however, here’s another one. I was talking to him on the phone the other day (yes, that’s how I get most of my interaction with him right now), and did something he thought was funny. “Dad,” he said, “you’re a goofball!”
“WHAT???” I replied, trying to sound shocked that he had called me such a name.
“Goofball. G-O-O-F-B-A-L-L, GOOFBALL!”
I’m trying to decide what it means when your child starts not just calling you names, but spelling them as well. I’m a bit worried about what this portends. Heaven help us all if MaryBeth somehow managed to give birth to an underage English major.
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Aren is undergoing a bone marrow transplant to fix the immune system defects that caused the loss of his little sister, Lily. To learn more, click here.
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