My daughter has a keen knack for understanding and remembering names and relationships. When asked to name a child’s parents, she can often tell you the parent’s first names. She can do this for family, friends and even some of her classmates at school. And she is just as likely to speak about a parent as she is about the child with whom she has been playing.
“Where are we going today, Clara?” I recently asked.
“With Ella’s daddy, Jeff,” she said, even though Ella was also going to be present.
This evening Elysha was asking Clara about the names of people and their relationships when she asked Clara who her own parents are.
“Clara Mommy Elysha,” she said.
And then, “Clara Daddy Matt writing book on computer.”
To Clara, I am a daddy first, but writer is a close second.