Lily held up a small piece of wood that had been carved (quite artistically) into a turtle and said “Look at the froggie”.
“That’s a turtle. It’s just a bit of a funny shaped turtle”.
Lily didn’t say anything as her eyes fell upon the object again. She placed it gently on the couch and began to focus on her hands. With an expression of utter confusion she made the sign for turtle.
My three-year old girl, so proficient with her words, was signing to help her work through a most perplexing problem.
Lily displayed her trademark scrunchie-nose and began to look at the turtle with disdain. She silently placed what had been a great treasure just moments before back on the table .
The poor turtle has been sitting alone ever since.