Wednesday, 16 January 2013
You're a big girl, aren't you Mrs Clere?
Forgive me if I have told you this one......
I was trying to encourage writing skills so sat at the writing table. Young children often follow an adult round a classroom for a natter and then have a go at what you are doing. So I sat at the writing table doodling and sure enough Ross (aged 4) joined me and started scribbling away too.
As I surreptiously watched him work noting to myself what he could do and what he needed more help with, he sighed deeply and said, "I mean, you're a big girl aren't you, Mrs Clere?"
Mmmm now what does he mean I thought. Young children can use words like big to mean a whole host of things. Big could mean tall - I may only be 5ft 4 but to a 4 year old that is tall, it could be used to imply age - I was only 38 but to a 4 year old that is old! Finally he could just be referring to my big size - ok I was overweight but not too bad! So before I replied (and reminded him about what is and what is not kind to say to folks!!) I decided to get my facts straight and casually asked as I continued to doodle, "How do you mean, Ross?"
He put down his pen, sighed again and said wistfully, "Well I bet you're allowed to go up the shop on your own, I'm not".
Phew, so he meant age and not size - lol!!!
We had a big bird come to the garden yesterday - a sparrowhawk. Beautiful.