Thursday, June 24, 2010

Making Connections

When Haley makes associations it lets me know that she is thinking.  There is a lot going on up there.  Haley has had trouble with time, but I know she does make connections. 

Haley's birthday is around Independence Day.   For years she really didn't even know that we celebrate on the 4th of July.  We celebrate her birthday.  She is a really good sleeper and when she was younger she had an early bedtime.  We would put her to bed and she would sleep through the fireworks.  I don't know how she did it, it sounds like a war zone in our neighborhood.  Several neighbors get together and set off fireworks right in front of our house.  A couple of years ago we decided to let her stay up and celebrate the holiday with us.  She loved it. 

A few months later it was her Grandpa's birthday and we decided to call him on the phone and sing the Happy Birthday song to him.  That night she wouldn't go to bed.  She kept getting up and she was very agitated.  I didn't know what was wrong.  Finally she said "Boom. Bang."  It took me a minute to realize that she was associating a birthday with fireworks, not just her birthday.  She knew it was Grandpa's birthday and she thought that we should have fireworks for him too.

Two days before school was out Haley started to talk about swimming.  Haley likes to swim in the summer.  I looked out the window and our kiddie pool was in the yard.  We don't know how it got out there.  My husband didn't do it, I didn't do it, and Haley's Big Sis didn't do it.  The pool was in the girl's playhouse.  My husband went out and looked and came back and said that the playhouse door was closed and locked.  I don't know when she did it, but apparently she went out sometime without us knowing about it got out the pool and locked the door and came back in.  That is a mystery. 

The point is that she knew that school was ending, summer was beginning and it was time to swim.  Never mind that it was only about 50 degrees outside and raining.

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