Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Illogical Language

Ellie has started to learn to straighten her duvet when she gets out of bed in the morning. She call this 'making her bed pretty'. In a 'perfect parent' attempt at gentle, non-corrective, instruction, everytime she told me this I said would say "well done Ellie - you've made your bed'.

The conversation would run thus;
"Ellie, are you coming downstairs"
"One minute Mummy, I'm just making my bed pretty"
"Well done Ellie, you've made you bed"
"Yes I've made it pretty, haven't I?"
"Yes you've made it very well Ellie"
"Very pretty, Mummy"

You know - she's right. She's not made the bed - some carpenter employed by Mothercare did that and Daddy assembled it. She's transformed it from being covered with rumbled duvet and made it pretty.


Custancia's Mum said...

Yes, our language usage is very strange. Dad and I were instantly reminded of our friend, Martin, who managed a day centre for people with learning disabilities and who was successful in placing one young lad to assist in a residential Home.

This lad had only been in the Home a short time when the Manager rang Martin to say she was having a problem because the lad would not do what he was told. Martin immediately visited.

Lad said, "She told me to change the beds, but I can't manage it on my own. They are too heavy!"

jessica said...

Sorry to leave this in your comments, but small people are begging for snacks like I've never fed them, ever, so I didn't have much time to search for your email addy.

Miss reading you!