In addition to the scripts she recites from various tv shows and computer games, Georgia has a lot of repetitive questions and phrases.
She will ask where someone is--"Where's Daddy? Where Daddy go?"--a hundred times a day, even if he has simply walked from the kitchen to the living room. As soon as she perceives that someone is leaving, even if I am only rummaging through my pocketbook, she will say goodbye. All day long it's "Bye Mom!"
She says this with such nonchalance, that I have to admit it can sting a little sometimes. (This may be because she also says it when I am interrupting her in any way, even if it is only to kiss her on top of her head while she is doing something else.)
She plays a game of word "catch" with us (or what I have come to think of as playing catch after reading the book "The Reason I Jump"), where she will list categories of things and we will play along, tossing a verbal ball back and forth. For instance, a conversation between us could begin with her saying, "Look Mom, a trombone!" When she says this she will make a general flourish with her hands indicating she is playing a trombone. Typically I will ask either what sound a trombone makes, or name another instrument. "Oh, yeah," I will say with delight, and continue with something like, "How about a flute!" while miming being a flautist. That will continue for awhile, one or the other of us naming and miming instruments, her brother or father, inevitably joining in if they are around. We do this with bugs, songs, animals, family members, and other things, too.
Another verbal volley that scrolls throughout our days is that Georgia will ask what something means. Whether she already knows what something is or not she will go throughout the day hearing you say something and asking what it means. For instance, (and I'll link it to one of her other repetitive phrases so you can see how the conversations often go in our house) she might say "Where's Daddy?" or "Where Daddy go?"
And I'll say, "Daddy's at work."
And she will say, "What does work mean?"(Only it sounds more like Wassas work means?")
And I will come up with an answer.
Throughout the day it's "Wassas musical instrument means?" "Wassas school bus means?" "Wassas bumblebee means?" "Wassas love means?"
You can see how one might get creative with their answers.
For this particular question, about work, which I get at least once every day, I will say, "It's where Daddy goes to do a job to make money."
This morning, at 4:50am when I answered the question while G was having an early morning bathroom trip, I will admit I was a little lazy in my answer (when you are asked to be a human dictionary many times a day, sometimes you are creative and sometimes you are...less so). When she asked me "Wassas work means?" before the sun was even up, well, I kept it simple.
This morning I said "it's a job."
I was tickled, though, when she completed the definition for me which proves not only is she paying attention but that I better be sure I define things well, eh? She said "to make money" (only when she said it, it sounded more like "make a mo-uh-ney?" as though it were a question).
I assured her she was right by kissing her on the nose and saying "what a smart little monkey you are." (I may have trailed that phrase with "now stand up and wipe." Hey, I'm only a HUMAN dictionary.)
She keeps me on my toes, that one.