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I'm Calling It

Last night I came in after work to snuggle Cora after she’d already been in bed for a while. I found her propped up on a pillow, studiously studying an open book; she’s been “reading” very simple books for a couple months or so – simple as in, “I sat on the mat. The rat sat on the mat” with lots of accompanying pictures – and she is straining hard to start deciphering more difficult books.

“Mommy,” she said, gesturing me over, “what is this word?”

I looked at the page.

“That word is ‘glad’,” I said. “The ‘g’ makes the hard sound, I know it can be tricky.”

Cora huffed impatiently. “No, not that word, THAT word –“ and she pointed more specifically.

“Oh, um, that word? That word is ‘whisker’,” I stammered.

Cora nodded thoughtfully. “Ah, the ‘h’ is kind of silent, like in ‘whisper’. Well, not silent, more like breathy.”

And she continued reading.

Yeah, I’m calling it – she’s officially reading. Apparently.


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