|Jesse's getting weak in his old age. He had to grow a beard before the trip to combat the cold.|
As we pulled into the driveway of Natasha's house Friday evening, I mentioned to Eily that we would have to wait a few minutes in the car. Natasha was en route from picking up their daughter, Rory (2), from daycare. The conversation went as follows:
Me: We have to wait here until Auntie Tasha gets back.
Eily: Is she picking up Rory from school? I mean, daycare. I hit the wrong button in my mouth.
Me: Yes, she's picking Rory up from daycare. What do you mean you hit the wrong button?
Eily: I hit the school button, but I meant to hit the daycare button in my mouth.
Me: (Intrigued, as this is not the first time she has mentioned the "button in her mouth") Tell me more about this button.
Eily: It's in my mouth.
Me: And you have a button in your mouth for each word you say?
Eily: No, no, no.
Me: Oh. So how does this button work?
Eily: I think of a word in my head and it goes all the way down to my toes. Then it goes up in my mouth and I push the button.
Me: I see. Can you show me the button?
Eily: Here. (She points to her tongue.)
Me: So you think of a word, it goes down to your toes, then it goes back up to your mouth on your tongue and that's the button you hit to talk?
Eily: Yes! That's what happened.
And that, my friends, is how Eily makes sense of speech and language. Strangely enough, I haven't come across this particular theory in any of my courses. Perhaps she's onto something here. Well, before anyone else tries to claim credit for it, I hereby decree that the hypothesis of words traveling from brain to toes to mouth and produced by the press of a button will henceforth be known as: Eily's Theory of Language Processing and Speech Production (2013). I'll let you know when her research is published.
|Eily's first colloquium to discuss her groundbreaking research in Speech & Language will probably look something like this. (Pictured with cousins Jordan and Jenna during her autumn trip to MN. Photo by Kiara Vollick.)|
The rest of the weekend was fun and quiet while the boys were away. And Eily learned a valuable lesson about winter driving conditions in upstate NY. Snow tires are a good thing, but a push from a friend is sometimes the only way to make it out of your parking spot.
|Eily at the wheel with Rory providing the muscle.|