Dad and I look at each other. “A what???!” “An E—-F—-H…” he repeats in a do-you-pinky-swear-you-won’t-tell-anyone?!?! sorta whisper. And with that, I get it and interpret for my husband. Our child is SPELLING out a cool-secret-thing he wants, just like he’s heard his big sisters do when theeeey want something.
“Mom, can we have some I-C-E -C-R-E-A-M after dinner?” or “Mom, can we go to the P-A-R-K when Hadley and Colin nap?”
Secret things not meant for three year old ears (lest they get in on it too) and our little guy had finally cracked the code — he just doesn’t know HOW TO SPELL. But why let that stop you when you can just… make it up?
They may not always do what we want them to do when we want them to do it but do not be fooled.
THEY ARE LISTENING. :0