I ask Benjamin questions all the time. Generally, if my inquiries cannot be answered with a yes or a no, and if they are not related to his immediate needs (think, “Do you want pizza?”), I do not get any kind of response. Tonight was different.
Me: “Did you have fun at the gym with Linda this afternoon?”
Benjamin: “Treadmill. Stairs. Doctor. Feet.” [Translation: “I went on the treadmill and the StairMaster. Then I sat in one of those weight machine things that sort of look like the padded tables you sit on at the doctor’s office, and I pushed it with my feet.”]
Me: “And how about school? Did you have fun?”
Benjamin: “Tomatoes. Pancakes. Bread.” [Translation: “At the breakfast served in honor of Grandparent’s Day I had hash browns, pancakes, and a biscuit.” They did an art project, too, but he only wanted to talk carbs.]
The bigger picture translation: I asked Benjamin about his day, and without prompting or hints or language modeling, he told me stuff about it.
In other There’s A First Time For Everything news, Zack “accidentally” sharpened his fingernail in his new pencil sharpener. So overall it was a very exciting evening.