You Say Po-TA-To

September 10, 2009 by Michelle

We read a lot in our house. In fact, while I was waiting for my interminably slow computer to load this page, it’s possible that I snuck a couple pages in. More importantly, we read to the wee ones a lot.

And for anyone who’s ever read a book to a small child, you know that you frequently are reading a book. Over and over and over again. And again.

Call me selfish, but I get bored by the same book. In an effort to entertain myself, I’ll sneak in words that aren’t there, just for fun. I’ll do this off and on with the wee ones, and they always get a giggle out of correcting me when I say “elephant” instead of “apple” in the middle of the story.

Or at least they used to get a giggle out of it. I haven’t read much to Mister Man now that he reads himself because he prefers to disappear into the world of his book by himself. I’m fine with that, although I do miss reading to him.

Yesterday, he gave me a chance again. And in the middle of Froggy Goes to Camp, I read that Froggy was a macadamia nut.

He looked at me, quite seriously and shook his head.

Mom, it’s so sad. You’re just word-blind, you know that?

Apparently the book he read about how dogs are color-blind and can’t see things the same way we do has stuck with him. And now he thinks Mommy has a serious problem. Oops.

On a more serious note, September is ovarian cancer’s month. I have a review of products to support fundraising for it on my other blog, along with a story of a friend of mine who passed away from ovarian cancer on July 9 this year. Please go read and comment.

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  • Mary~Momathon


    I've tried to skip a page. Never works! Smart little ones aren't they!

  • septembermom


    You are one creative reader for your kids! I bet you keep story time interesting. Mister Man is definitely on top of things. We're big Froggy book readers here too.

  • Lauren and Emily


    Word-blind!? Now that's a good diagnosis! How funny. I do that too with some books…I know they love to repeat things, but really, how much repetition can I withstand! 😉

  • Linda @ My Trendy Tykes


    Oh gosh, I always make up my own story as I go along especially if the book is super long.

    Ya know, There once was a princess. She met a prince. They lived happily ever after. THE END!

  • Laura


    ahhahahahahah your kids are funny

  • Margaret


    LOL! Word blind. Out of the mouths of babes.

  • Elizabeth


    When we go to the library, I will make Katie put a book back if it has too many words. Because I know I will be the one stuck reading it over and over, and the extra words annoy me when we've read it 20 times.

  • Feener


    so cute. they do say that while reading to your kids you should do stuff like that, ask questions, change it, describe it…etc.

  • Tara R.


    We read The Foot Book (Dr. Suess) to our daughter so often that at two she had it memorized verbatim. Her parlor trick was to 'read' it to her grans. Didn't matter that it was upside down or not.

    Love 'word-blind.'

  • Unknown Mami


    I had no idea you suffered from “word blindness”. So sad.

  • Cookie


    Isn't it funny how kids start to think!

  • WeaselMomma


    I love it! Sometimes kids just don't get our humor.

  • Karen


    Awesome. I love that he thought of that instead of just laughing. Creative minds.

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  • Jillian Livingston


    Children are so funny…and silly…and need to have things work the way they perceive they will or they get all unbalanced.

    Nevertheless, it is very fun to mess with them sometimes!

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  • Angela


    I think I remember that book! Fun!

    I definitely remember the Frog and Toad books anyway. Maybe I'm confusing them!?

    I will check out the other site as well. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend! 🙁

  • Melisa with one S


    We LOVED Froggy! “Froggy Gets Dressed” was our absolute favorite.

    Memmmmorieeeees….

  • Michelle


    Mary – Wellll Mister Man notices, but I can still fortunately shorten the book by skipping words and pages with Little Miss. For a short bit longer!

    Kelly – Umm yeah! Creative, that's it. Thanks for finding the label I was so desperately looking for.

    Lauren and Emily – Yep, that's his official diagnosis. Special, huh?

    Linda – Yeah, the made up stories are the best. We'll do that a lot, too — ESPECIALLY Mister Man. He actually has a whole series called Beyond Time In Space that he tells us about. But those are usually too long for my tastes!

    Laura – Yeah, aren't I lucky?

    Margaret – They've got the best quotes, don't they? If only I were (still) that naturally funny!

    Elizabeth – Too funny. I haven't censored the books before we brought them home, but I think I might have to start that theory.

    Feener – Umm yes, I'm doing it because the experts tell me to. Yep, that's me. Doing it the way the experts recommend 😉

    Tara – Hmmm sounds like Little Miss with her upsidedown books. I have heard that doing things like that is the first step to reading. Too cute of a trick for her though.

    Unknown Mami – It's a horrible affliction and more common than any of us knew….

    Cookie – Most definitely! I do love that they're associating things in creative ways. I just wish they wouldn't do it with us.

    WeaselMomma – No kidding. Then again, sometimes I'm glad they don't get our humor!

    Karen – That's my boy. Creative, if nothing else!

    Jen – So excited. Yum, thanks!

    Jillian – We're consistently unbalanced. Otherwise some of us get a little too set in our ways, which is NEVER good. But ummm messing with them is sometimes fun!

    Angela – Definitely not Frog and Toad. MUCH shorter, for one. And not nearly as scary.

    Melisa – We've read that one quite a few times. Definitely a good one. Just wait until you're a grandma and get to do that all over again!

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