1. When I went to Seth’s Valentine’s party the aide came up to me and said “That Seth. He really talks a lot. He talks more than any kid in the class. He just follows us around talking.” “Really?” I replied, in complete sarcasm. Then his teacher came up to me “That Seth is a kick. He’s so fun and good, but he really never stops talking, does he?” “Um, no.” I replied, again. Then his student teacher comes up to me “That Seth. He can talk to anybody. It doesn’t even matter if you’re listening or not.” “Um-hmm.” I replied.
I left the Valentines party feeling very vindicated.
2. Jane has never been able to say her Rs very well. In fact, she’s in speech therapy currently, trying to learn how to pronounce them (smiling lips, a rolling feeling in the back of your mouth). Seth couldn’t say his Rs, but I always suspected it had more to do with the person that he talked to the majority of the day (Jane), then actual physical issues, or whatever.
A few weeks ago, apparently due to some eavesdropping on Mom/Jane speech practice, Seth decided to try to say his Rs. And so for the last 2-3 weeks, we the Poster Child for Hard Rs in our house. Every R sounds like this: “Mom, is it time foRRR the biRRRthday paRRRty yet?” It’s pretty funny, and kind of amazing how quickly he’s picked it up. He’s actually surpassed Jane in his ability to consistently use them in everyday speech. Heck, he’s suRRRpassed us all in his attention to Rs.
It’s pRRRobably all the pRRRactice he gets.