Julie has been working on the concept of names and labels for people lately. It’s very cute to watch the process and see what statements she’s come up with over the last month or so. As she works through ideas and concepts, she usually repeats things over and over till they’ve really sunk into her head.
First, she figured out that “Daddy’s name is Joe-Joe.” Um, well, that’s what Mama calls Daddy sometimes. Daddy’s name is Joe. So then, Julie would holler up the stairs “Joe! Joe! Where are you?” In a tone of voice that sounds just like mine, only it sounds more like she’s saying “D’oh! D’oh!” because her J sounds aren’t very clear yet.
Then, we had a conversation about Mama’s name. Only, despite Joe and I using Mama as my label whenever we talk to her or around the house, she’s picked up Mommy as my label from school or wherever (strangers on the street? Sesame Street? who knows.) So next it was “Mommy’s name is Shelly.” mmm-hmmm. That’s right, sweetie.
Last week, she started telling me that “Julie’s name is Emily” over and over. Until I figured out that she thinks Julie is her label – just like Mommy has another name and Daddy has another name, she should have another name too. So she tried to give herself one. Emily. Emily is the name of a character in one of her books, and perhaps coincidentally, Emily in the book looks a lot like Julie. So I tried to explain to her that Julie’s name is Julie, and that she is Mommy’s daughter and Daddy’s daughter and Sophie’s sister.
Then, in the last couple of days, she has started narrating her actions in the third person. She had already been talking herself through her day basically since she started talking. She’ll describe to me or whomever is listening, or even just to herself, what she’s doing. Only now she says something like “The little girl is wearing a pink shirt” So what if she’s really wearing is nothing but her pink tutu – she’s imagining that it’s a pink shirt at the moment. or “The little girl is making cookies” And, yeah, she’s really playing with her Duplo blocks, but she has a vivid imagination. It’s just another experiment in labels and names, I know, but it is so damned cute to watch and listen to what she comes up with next.
I promise, there will be more pictures soon. I’m working on writing up a knitting pattern at the moment and it’s taking up the few free moments at the computer I get.