Where's the village?

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Oh, the pasta billies

One of my favorite things about the dajamou is the way she talks. There are times when she's so eloquent and insightful, and has just the right words, and works so hard to be precise in conveying her ideas.

And then there are the other times. When she was still a baby, it was because her mouth wasn't mature enough to make the sounds. So strawberries were "bajees" and grapes were "bups" and Uncle Nikos was "Ah Rakis." Typical kid stuff.

But now, she's four and a half, and she is really quite well spoken and doesn't mumble as much as some other kids I've known. There is still, however, plenty of evidence that she is still developing her language skills. The Strip District, a fun shopping district in Pittsburgh where we go every coupld of weeks, is "The Strip De-Strip." She plays with her "Pocky Pollets." And we live in "Pixburgh", thank you very much.

Yesterday's was new though. She was carrying some of her dress-up jewelry in her pink butterfly net (she'd been on an Explore, and Found it in the Forest, you see) when she suddenly shifted gears and was pretending to be Miss Lori (from the PBS Kids morning shows), looking in her Purple Possibility Bag for what wonderful surprises might be inside. But it came out "Purstle Pasta Billy Bag."

Which sounds like a good name for a band. Or maybe an knock-off version of Spaghetti-O's.


At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Mark Steidler said...

Thanks for your post. I don’t know if you’re familiar with Maya & Miguel, a show on PBS in the afternoons -- http://pbskidsgo.org/mayaandmiguel -- that emphasizes cultural diversity and language learning but I’m reaching out to talk to parents about the program as part of a marketing project I’m working on with Scholastic.

I found your post and thought I’d reach out to say hello and ask if you’d like to receive a free Maya & Miguel DVD. If you’d like to receive the DVD just email me at mark@boldmouth.com with your address and I’ll have it shipped it out to you.

If you do choose to blog about Maya & Miguel show or episodes on the DVD, please make it clear how you received the information. Our goal is to be open and honest with everyone we reach.

Mark Steidler


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