One of the women who comes to my house for Ladies Bible Study on Tuesday mornings has a 2 year old who is simultaneously fascinated by, and terrified of, my 15 lbs of dog. She'll run away from the dog, and then call her. Her word for dog is "goag", and it is so cute, I can hardly stand it.
A few weeks ago, they were leaving and R said "Bye bye goag!" and I said "Can't forget to say good-bye to the goag!" and her mother gave me a gently reprimanding sort of look and said, "Yes, R, say good bye to the DOG."
I snickered. I remember that, on the list of Appropriate Adult Behaviours: "Model appropriate patterns of speech."
From my vantage point, however, it's more like "When did she stop saying "ohpotus" for "octopus"?" "When did he stop calling it Dix Dwags? and A three W?" (Six Flags, and A&W, for those of you squinting at the screen)
This morning, however, I was pleased to hear that we're not past the speech cuteness quite yet.
"Go play your song, both hands, 4 times through" I asked a child.
"Yesterday I only had to do it three times, and the day before that, it was two times! Why are you higher-ing it every time??"
The question is: did I Model Appropriate Patterns of Speech?
Old habits die hard.