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My Favorite Word: W'sat?

This article first appeared in issue 13, and was written by Linda Waggener.

Aren't kids great inventions? Just when we think we know it all, little people come along to challenge us. As soon as our kids got old enough to speak, they continually asked two questions: "W'sat?" and "Why?"

W'sat? is always accompanied by the pointing of a finger, so it's really a two part question. You have to follow the point and then come back to the questioner.

Why? is is a simple question, but generally gets repeated again and again and again and again.

Something about those words, w'sat and why, along with a child's eyes wide with wonder and excitement, still capture my attention to this day and I replay a memory of one of our children putting together words when he was two or three. We'd just been told of the birth of a friend's daughter they'd named Heather. We were driving down the road later and he asked, "Now w'sat baby's name, Mom, Wood Feather?" It reminded me of a teacher friend telling of a student's mnemonic device to remember the name of a novel on one of her tests. The child wrote Grapes on a Raft.

Can you guess the name of the novel?

This story was posted on 1997-05-05 12:01:01
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