The Pros and Cons of a Language Explosion, Submissiveness, and Conforming With the Masses
Posted Nov 18 2009 10:04pm
By the title of this blog entry, it is going to be a loaded post. Yes, as I have previously mentioned, there is a language explosion going on in this house. And while it is wonderful to see and hear this from both kids, it has its downside. What, you ask? What can be so bad that I have to call it a "con"? What could I possibly have to complain about? After all, isn' t this what I have been praying and working and fighting for. Well, it is this simple. There are just so many new words and so many new sounds that 1.) I have a hard time keeping up, and 2.) My lack of understanding is causing them some frustration. More so from Kaitlyn than from Andrew. Andrew is pretty laid back, yet persistent with his new sounds. He is smart enough to physically show me what he wants or what he is saying. For example, the other day he kept saying "Deek". Deek. Deek? For the life of me, I could not figure this out. Then he walked to the refrigerator, opened the door, and pointed to the lemonade. The light bulb went on: deek translates to "drink". Got it! Kaitlyn, on the other hand, puts multi-syllabic sounds together which proves to be a tad more challenging. We have had a few incidents as of late which found Kaitlyn perseverating on one word over and over. And over. And over. It gets to the point where she and I both get frustrated with the whole situation. She, however, does not always bring me to what she is saying because a lot of what she is trying to tell me is occurring in school. Can' t just run over there, can we? I have learned to write these new "words" down phonetically, keep them in my purse, allowing me to whip out this list when we see her teacher so I could pick her brain about what I am hearing. Whew. That was a long sentence. I am sure it is loaded with grammatical errors and could also be a run-on sentence. That' s OK. I was just trying to make a point. Did I? So that' s what the "con" is all about in the title of this post.
Submissiveness. I am not submissive by any means. I conform to laws which I determine to be necessary and appropriate: rules of the road, stopping at red lights, laws that govern nurses, my job description and policies at work. I think you get the picture. I let very few people tell me what to do. And heaven help those who think they can try to tell me what to do and get away with it. But, I was submissive on Tuesday. I gave in. I had both kids vaccinated with the H1N1 vaccine. I know, I know, I said in a previous post that I wasn' t going to do it. I wasn' t going to give in. I wasn' t going to buy into the media frenzy and media pandemic that was simmering. But after much prayer and soul-searching, I gave in and got them vaccinated. Had I let my fears govern my thought process and chose not to vaccinate, and if something dreadful or tragic happened, I would have no one but myself to blame. So I did it.
Conforming. Nope. Don' t do that either. Now this topic goes back to the H1N1 vaccine, too. I didn' t conform like millions of others did. I didn' t wait in lines that wrapped around buildings. I didn' t stand outside in rainy, windy elements. I didn' t spray live viruses up my children' s noses. If I was going to conform with the masses, I would do it my own way. On my own terms. Every week, I persistently called our pediatrician' s office, inquiring about their stock of vaccine. Every week was the same answer: they didn' t have the vaccine and did not know when it was to be available. Then, on Monday evening the call came in. They had the vaccine. Fed Ex or UPS was kind to them and dropped off an early Christmas gift. But if I was to do this, it would be on my terms and my terms only. The kids were NOT to get the nasal spray form. The kids were NOT to get the vaccine from a multi-dose vial. The kids were ONLY to get the preservative-free, pre-drawn form. So after arguing with the office chick who calls herself a nurse when in fact she is not (ahem, a med tech) I got my way. Both kids did NOT receive the nasal form. Both kids did NOT receive an injection from a multi-dose vial. Both kids DID receive the preservative-free, pre-drawn syringe of monovalent influenza vaccine. And I did NOT premedicate with Tylenol as the CDC advised parents not to do so. OK, so I conformed with this one thing. Call it a moment of weakness. But they did receive a dose of Tylenol about three hours after the vaccine. And another dose after their breakfast this morning. That' s it. This, by far, has to be the longest post ever. But I had a lot to get off my chest and talk about today. I promise...tomorrow' s post will be short, sweet, and to the point. Thanks for hanging in there!