Walking Dictionary

August 11, 2005

When you are preparing to become a parent, there are many “parent-jobs” you envision yourself performing….changing diapers, giving baths, changing diapers, buying clothes and shoes (and diapers!), taking them for check-ups and shots, changing diapers, 🙂 reading to them, etc. But there was one job I didn’t really think about and that is being a walking, talking dictionary. This job is easy in its simplest form. As you drive down a country road, you point out the window and say, ” See the COWS? Cows. MMMOOOOOOO.” You go through your days pointing out all kinds of various animate and inanimate objects, adding sound effects when appropriate! Then your child turns THREE! They begin to be able to express this little mind they have been developing and that involves questions, lots of questions! In our house, several times a day I am asked the meaning of a certain word. I usually don’t mind answering these queries because I know that they are learning and that’s what I want, but I find the most challenging aspect of this job to be not the fact that I have to be ready at a moment’s notice to explain a word or phrase but that I am expected to explain it on a level that a child can understand at a moment’s notice at the same time that I am doing one or more other “parent-jobs”!

Today’s entries:

1. bonding– to become close to, like really good friends or family
2. briefly– short and quick
3.”for a limited time only”-you can only get it for a short time
4.trembling– shaking because you are so afraid
5.abiding– living or staying somewhere alot

Those last 2 were asked while I was composing this blog!

(To become even further accomplished in this skill, try explaining what the Pledge of Allegiance is to a three year old while you are driving in congested traffic!)

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10 Responses to “Walking Dictionary”

  1. jana said

    So…this is what we have to look forward to? Cool!

  2. Kanehttp://www.addictinggames.com said

    Define congested traffic–because you live in Bristol.

  3. tara said

    Kane,
    I was thinking of all the times that Alley would ask me questions like “what is the opposite of pink?” while I was driving in Germany! (You’re right, Bristol is not congested!)

  4. Your little sister said

    Tara,
    What IS the opposite of pink? 🙂 I need to know so I can tell Grant what the opposite of blue is someday 🙂

  5. the big sister said

    Heidi,
    Maybe the opposite of pink IS blue!

  6. Heidi said

    if there IS an opposite, I’d say blue is the most qualified!

  7. the middle sister said

    you both are crazy! 🙂 ha!

  8. The science geekhttp://www.cyber-prof.com/mdia1194/images/colorwheel.gif said

    Actually, the opposite of pink would be dark green. This would take into account the color wheel (green is the color complement to red), as well as the shading(pink is just a lighter shade of red, and dark green is, well, a darker shade of green).

  9. Tara said

    Kane,
    Thank you for clearing that up for me…I’ll be ready next time! 🙂 Here’s another one she asked,” What is the opposite of tree?”

  10. the favorite cousinhttp://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=lis485 said

    i agree that blue is the opposite. if i had made the color wheel, blue would definitely be opposite of pink.

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