Monthly Archives: February 2008

Three Syllable Words

Today Olivia said a three syllable word. She’s about 20.5 months old.

It kind of surprised me.

I’ve never claimed to be a child development expert or anything, and it may just be the proud parent in me at work, but I think that my little girl is exceptionally bright!

A lot of that is due to her big brother, Sammy (who is almost five years old now). He spends a lot of time with his little sister, and little sister wants to do everything that Sammy does. And yes, he does tend to talk a lot…

But that’s OK. We are the proud parents of a toddler who works really hard to communicate with us and who is content when she does get her point across. Life is much better that way.

Oh, I almost forgot to say the word. “Her-bat-ka”. It’s the Polish word for “tea”. The “-ka” part is a diminutive form of the word (like “Johnny” is to “John” in English) and it’s common to teach this form of words to small children when they are learning Polish.

Both of our children understand Polish. Olivia speaks a few words and Sammy speaks it fairly well — when he feels like it.

I’ve observed a few other couples from different countries where more than one language was spoken in the house. In most of those cases, as is ours, one parent is usually much better at one language than the other and tends to strongly favor that language when talking to the child. As a result, the child comes to expect each parent (as well as other adults) to speak a certain language. In our case, though, both of us speak both languages fairly well, and while English is probably favored, there is no “expectation” from our children.

Let us start speaking German, though…

I’ll talk more about language in my next post.

Thanks for listening,
Tom

Why (Not) Me?

The past couple of days have been less than optimal. Slow traffic, cantankerous computers, co-workers who want to talk about cars, movies, and other things that are of no interest to me, German bureaucracies that STILL can’t get me DSL (where’s your incredible world-leading technological supremacy, Germany? It sure hasn’t reached Bondork!), extra expenses…

Tonight, as I write this, I’m with my 20 month old daughter, Olivia, in my office. She’s sitting in her special chair and holding her stuffed dog (which looks remarkably like our Golden Retriever) while she watches “Baby Beethoven” (one of Disney’s “Baby Einstein” videos). It’s a special one; she only gets to watch it when she’s in Daddy’s office.

All I can think about is how none of this would be here were it not for how God brought Iveta and me together over 10 years ago. Why should I, of all people, be so blessed?

Then again, why not? My God is a God of infinte good. Why wouldn’t He want me, as someone He saved from infinite bad, to have infinite good?

I’m beginning to like working from my home office!

The other issues? They’ll go away eventually. Even the extra expenses; I came to the conclusion that these expenses are coming into my life only because I’m ready to take them on. Taking it farther, it means that if the cash isn’t on hand to meet these expenses, then I’m not providing enough in the way of value to manifest that cash. In other words, even those extra bills are my fault, so to speak.

So back to work — as soon as Olivia decides that she’s sleepy so I can start recording videos (besides, I like Beethoven, too!).

Thanks for listening,
Tom