Friday, October 10, 2008

No Flies on Elijah

Elijah and I were sitting at the table, eating lunch. Elijah was watching a fly buzzing around the outside of the screen door. He pretended that it was buzzing around him and landing on his sandwich: "There's a fly on your sandwich!" Elijah gets "your" and "my" mixed up.

"Where's the fly?" I asked. "I don't see it."

"It flew away. It's not on your sandwich. It's outside," he stated.

"Well that's good, " I said. "Flies are supposed to be outside."

There was a short silence as we continued to eat, then: "The fly has disappeared."

"Disappeared?" I asked.

"It's gone now, " he explained. Sure enough, the fly had finished bothering the screen and was nowhere to be seen.

I sat for a minute. Then I realised that I'd never consciously taught Elijah "disappear" and was pretty certain that Daddy hadn't either. I couldn't recall it being used in any of his books. How did he know what it meant and how to correctly use it in context? This child picks up much more than we realise.

1 comment:

smp said...

I realised tonight during story time that "disappeared" is used in the the Thomas the Tank Engine book "Gordon" as in (paraphrasing):

Gordon screamed through the station and disappeared.

(Gordon was traveling very fast down the hill and rushed through the station with his whistle blowing.)

It makes sense for him to apply that concept to the fly, now that I think about it. It's still pretty cool though, given as he has picked this concept up through his own comprehension as I know I have definitely never tried to explain to him what that part of the story means.