Here is Opal Dean, the founder of our blog and Bradford’s best friend. We have loved watching their relationship grow, and seeing how much B man loves to play and interact with his “Dean Dog.” He has recently learned to throw her the ball in the back yard. Although it doesn’t make it far, it’s still pretty cute. He likes to include Opal while we pray, and calls her to the table before meals to pray with us. When this started, we would bring Opal to the table and command her to “sit.” I guess B man quickly picked up on this.
The only problem is that his “s” sound in this particular word comes out clearly as “sh.” You can figure out what the word sounds like. A couple of days ago, I was eating lunch with B man and hear him repeatedly saying this term at the table. My heart jumps as I hear this rather innapropriate word come out of the mouth of our 20 month old child. I start reviewing in my mind, thinking that I am certain he couldn’t have heard this term used and be repeating it, right? He only watches sesame street on TV and goes on outings to other toddlers houses and church…what is going on? After a short panic, I see Opal emerging from under the table and going to sit next to B man, and I quickly realize what he is trying to say…ha! So now, the challenge is what to do. This morning at the breakfast table, he probably said it 20 times trying to get her to sit. We discussed a game plan, and decided to change our command temporarily to just “on your bottom” for Opal until B man can learn how to correctly say “Sit.” So, if you come to my house wondering why we are telling our dog to “on your bottom” or why our child is commanding her otherwise, there is the explanation.