Wednesday, January 18, 2012

6. Use BIG Words.

But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
 
Sweet Daddy loved to read Pumpkin when she was a toddler. However, Pumpkin went through this amazingly lengthy "I only want to read princess stories" phase.
Cinderella. Sleeping Beauty. Snow White. More Cinderella.

Sweet Daddy brought home Cinderella stories from all over the world. He read them all to Pumpkin. 

She loved them all. 

Sweet Daddy was getting bored with the princess fixation.So, next he taught her about the key elements of a story. At two, she could tell you the rising action, climax, and falling action of all her favorite stories. Next, Sweet Daddy moved onto teaching her about the essential characters. 

During this time, Pumpkin was attending preschool at our local Methodist church and had the sweetest teacher ever, Ms. Kim.

I picked up Pumpkin one day and Ms. Kim brought her personally to me in the carpool lane. She explained that she had read Cinderella to the children that day and that Pumpkin was really trying to explain to her something about the story and she just didn't understand what she was saying. 

I asked Pumpkin what she wanted to tell Ms. Kim about Cinderella.

"Mommy - I tried to tell Ms. Kim that Cinderella is the protangonist and that her stepmother is the antagonist."

Big words. 

Always use your big words - not to be showy or condescending, but because that is who you are.

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