Wednesday, May 13, 2009

And That's Why!


I love some of the words and phrases that young kids come up with. We hang on to them in this house for just as long as we can because we think they're precious. That's why when Andrew said "ball bearian" instead of "ball bearing" we didn't correct him. And that's why Eler Beth pronounced it that way, too. When Andrew would ask me if I would do him a "favorite" instead of a "favor", I didn't correct that either. For every cute word or phrase they came up with, they would usually correct themselves in time, just from hearing us use the correct word or phrase. I think the "ball bearian" one was the only one that survived to kindergarten for both kids. (And in case you're wondering why a small child would even know what a ball bearing is, Thomas has always had various sizes of steel ball bearings in his possession for one reason or another, and on rainy or cold days, he and the kids used to build these elaborate track
s all through the house or apartment for the bearings to travel upon.)

I recently was going through some boxes and found evidence of one of our favorite Eler-Beth-isms. It's one that Thomas and I still use to this day, although Eler Beth can't remember saying it. From the time she learned to talk until she was about three she would say it. The phrase is "that why."

What I found down in a box on a top shelf of a closet was another smallish cardboard box, holding a few sea shells and some fossils. But apparently at one time it had held "school stuff". I know that it had held "school stuff" because it said so on the box. And since the instruction written on the box was in my own handwriting, and since Eler Beth's signature was in her pre-school handwriting, I know that it dated from before she could write much more than her name, so the "school stuff" would have been things that she considered "school stuff", things that we were working on at home. And from the "that why" that was part of the instruction I k
now that she couldn't have been much more than three years old when she dictated the instruction.

When Eler Beth said "tha
t why", she meant "because." For example, instead of saying, "I'm ready for lunch because I'm hungry," using the Eler-Beth-ism one would say, "I'm ready for lunch, that why I'm hungry." Or instead of saying "I need to go to the store because I'm out of bread", one would say "I need to go to the store, that why I'm out of bread." And when you think about it, it does make since. At two and three years old, she didn't understand or know (or accept) the word "because" for some reason, but she certainly understood the concept of "because", didn't she? For what else does "because" mean if not "that's why"? Why do my joints creak when I get out of bed in the morning? Because I'm getting old, that's why. Why do I hate buying gas for my car these days? Because the price of gasoline is so high, that's why. We don't use "that why", Thomas and I, all the time, but we do occasionally toss it into our conversations to add a little bit of spice and nostalgia.

And what was the precious message on the box that my little one had dictated to me all those years ago? It was this:

"Nobody don't touch this box, that why it my school stuff!" And it was signed with a very wobbly "ELER".

I wanted to share this story with you, "that why" I knew you'd enjoy it!


Eler Beth at about the age when she would have said "that why". She was posing so prettily here, and then just when I got ready to snap the picture, she scooped up her skirt! What a meanie-mite!

I had to include the picture, that why she's so cute!

(I cropped the picture so that those of you concerned that the other one might embarrass my little one can rest easy now. lol)

11 comments:

Indigo said...

Adorable. Loved the picture of mini Eler Beth and her, "that why's"...(Hugs)Indigo

sober white women said...

I so remember my children also saying things that made me laugh. I love the picture!
Kelli

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

She will be mad for posting the picture that why you embarrased her :o)

FrankandMary said...

She certainly had the notion of it. I think many things kids say, if your take a few moments to figure them out, rather than saying: Oh, she is just a baby~often are more on target than you realize at first blush. The accuracy(in their sense)& relevance is there, if we look for it. ~Mary

Leigh said...

Oh, what an adorable little girl! And your story brought back some memories for me.
'That why' does make perfect sense.

:) Leigh

Cindi ;) said...

shes a cutie, thx for sharing!

Traci said...

So sweet! Love the picture! Love the story!

Lynne said...

I wish I had thought to keep a log of all the kid-isms, lol. They are adorable. Special memories!

Ora said...

this is a cute entry...and it brought to mind something our son would say when he was about two or so...sometimes I would give him a cracker....sometimes a cookie...and one day he came to me and asked for a cooooker...LOL..a combination of cracker and cookie LOL...he still remembers that one...LOL..hugs to ya...Ora

Lisa said...

Eler Beth is a doll! Love that photo! So cute! Yes, the things kids say are so cute. Nick, when he was a baby if we were going to Bob Evans he would say "Bob Devans" LOL
Lisa in Kentucky

Connies(Brat #3) said...

I loved the picture of her that why she's so adorable...