In the grand task of language acquisition, Ella is struggling with vocabulary and syntax, but she has apparently mastered the passive voice. Today, we were talking at dinner about the exciting day spent at her friend Sophie’s house. After hearing many interesting details and highlights, we asked if she had any ‘time-outs’ on her day away. She readily confirmed one such disciplinary action, offering this precise explanation:
“I got a timeout because Kieran was sad that the [toy] puppy wanted to play with me and not him.”
Upon maternal redirect, she did grant that the puppy’s disposition changed after her timeout was completed and she decided to share said puppy with Kieran.
I’m thinking she might have a future as a trial lawyer, or a politician, or perhaps as an ethicist. Girl’s got some chops. (And her father may have his hands full!)