17 April 2008

1001 Goggy-matians

If only I could have caught her hugging and kissing the dog(s)-- she doesn't stand still muchIf the great Monsters, Inc. taught me anything, it's that cute little girls call all furry animals "Kitty".

M- steadfastly refuses to conform to this time-honored standard, and instead calls all furry, feathery, and scaly animals "Goggy" (Doggy). Happy as I am that she recognizes animals and has given them a name, I'm torn between being visibly excited for her and correcting her each time, all day long.

I try to do a little of both.

But for the record, the following things are among those that have been identified as "Goggies":
• Dogs
• Cats
• Birds
• A rabbit pelt at my parents' house
• A fish
• A wooden duck
• A picture of some family friends
• Several different shapely bushes (lowercase)
• A stone angel

Sometimes it's more fun to let her go on than to correct her, but unfortunately she's got to learn. Thankfully, she's well on her way. At about 15 months, she already uses over 100 words. It's just strange that few of those words are animals-- I think she's shooting for simplicity, casting a wide net and figuring the world will understand her.

Then again, like an Eskimo in winter, she has at least 20 different words directly related to eating, including hungry, thirsty, juice, milk, cracker, waffle, cookie, cake, apple, banana, cup, bottle, fork, spoon, and bite. And today, she even said, "More crackers, please" (as in, "moh kack-uhs peez"). Pretty soon I should be able to have her write some blog posts.

She learned acceptance of the dog was a contract to work for me, and she rejects it


SherE1 said...

Aw, that's my favorite age - when they are picking up so many different words and trying to piece them into sentences! I say, just enjoy the cuteness for now. You have plenty of time to teach the right way later!

Anonymous said...

hey, that sounds like a girl thats got priorities! Good for her!!

Momo Fali said...

She needs her own forum! The Gog Blog.

LiteralDan said...

shere1: It does seem like she's running right into sentences-- the doctor was astounded by her development at her last checkup. I of course take full credit for all of it.

christina: She's always demanding to eat... I just don't get it! It's like she needs food to live, or something. I say she's just obsessed!

momo fali: I like that sound of that-- I've been waiting for an opportunity to do a Conversation with M-. I don't think it'll be long now. She's very vocal and insistent (in an endearing way, of course), so it'll definitely be loud, short, and not-so-sweet.

Cassey said...

Smart girl. Learn the words that will get you something. How will the word "fish" will benefit her right now. My girls first words were "Don't" "Mine" "Stay Back" "Get Out". So know you know the word needed for survival at my house.

LiteralDan said...

That's hilarious, and it shows the difference between growing up an only child and having siblings.

I bet she already knows 10 ways to quickly disable an assailant.