Last night it was time for Addie to go to bed. She stopped, sat down on the sofa, crossed her legs and I knew this was important.
I had stuck a clear plastic tote on top of the entertainment center. It had a variety of stuff in it and I was going to go through it after Addie was gone.
She said “Granny! There’s a little red box in that box up there and it looks like something you would have bought for me!” I told her to go to bed and I would finish my row, come in there with the tote and we’d see what it was. I had no idea what it was but sure enough, there was a little red tin I had saved from something for her. It had bees on it and I knew she would like it.
While digging through the other stuff in the box, I found a zipper bag that had little books I had picked up for her – pocket size books. One was Christmas stickers. One was Thanksgiving stickers, one was Christmas peel and stick gift tags and one was a Halloween activity book. I gave her the Halloween activity book and a pencil and told her she could do a few pages in that book. She noticed there were crossword puzzle type things on some of the pages. One page would be the puzzle and the opposite page would have pictures of things that would be the words you used. She said “I love these puzzles” but then she looked at me and I could tell she was disappointed. She said “I can’t spell!”
I asked her if she knew the sound of her letters and if she couldn’t sound out a word and spell it. She said she didn’t think so. I went and sat by her and we began sounding out the words and she found that she COULD spell them. There were a few that baffled her. Why does pillow have a “W” on the end of it? She didn’t hear the “W” sound! Robot has a long “O” so why isn’t it Roebot?
Addie! It’s 10:30 p.m. I want to crochet a few more rows on the pumpkin before bedtime. Trust me! Robot is NOT roebot and pillow does have a “W” on the end!
I didn’t know the rules about why there’s no “e” in robot, nor do I know why pillow, window, shadow, arrow, etc. have a “w” at the end. At 66 years old, I can spell (though my typing may cause you to think differently!) and I don’t even care about the rules at this point. If I don’t know them by now, I can get by without knowing them.
She was so excited that she could spell. She went to bed and got up 5 or 6 times to either tell me words she thought she was spelling correctly and wanted me to tell her if they were correct, or wanting me to ask her words to spell.
It’s the little things! Who would have thought both of us would get so much joy from her realizing that she can spell! I’ve heard Nicole say over and over “I can’t spell” so . . Nicole and I are going to have a talk about that word “can’t”, especially using it in front of Addie.
Just as Addie was finally going to bed, I said “What a great day! You’ve learned to spin and spell on the same day!” Wrong thing to say. She turned around and said “I can spell ‘spin’ and I can spell ‘spell’!
By then, it was time for me to go to bed and those last few rows of crochet didn’t get done but there are things more important than finishing a crocheted pumpkin before bed!